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Trump Accuser Rachel Crooks Advances in Ohio Race

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The university administrator, who says the president forcibly kissed her, wins an uncontested seat for the Ohio House of Representatives.

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Rachel Crooks won the uncontested Democratic primary race for Ohio's 88th House district near Toledo; she'll now face off against one-term Republican representative Bill Reineke in November.

Observers are paying close attention to the race as Crooks, 35, is one of 16 women to publicly accuse President Trump of sexual assault.

During the 2016 election, Crooks went public with her story, in which she claimed Trump forcibly kissed her when she was a receptionist working in Trump Tower in January 2006. Crooks says she went to introduce herself to the businessman, holding out her hand to him near an elevator bank; she said she hoped he would view her as a peer or associate.

Instead, Crooks says Trump grabbed her hand, held it, kissed her on both cheeks, and then forcibly kissed her on the mouth as he asked her if she wanted to be a model.

When Trump denied the claim two years ago, Crooks asked for security tape from Trump Tower on that day to be made public (it never was).

Trump's election by the electoral college and the following #MeToo movement contributed to Crooks's decision to run for office. Her district has leaned Republican in the past, but Crooks has raised a record amount of money, reports the Washington Post.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.