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LAKE COUNTY -- GOP leaders meetFriday night to selecta candidateto replace U.S. Rep. SteveLaTourette for Ohio's 14th Congressional District, Lake County Republican Party Chairman Dale Fellows tells WKYC's Tom Beres.

A total of 14 people are eligible to vote -- the sevenRepublican county chairmen and each county's county central committee secretaries in the 14th District.

The Republican Party hasuntil 4 p.m. Aug. 13 to nominate a new candidate.

The 14th Congressional District consists of Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and parts of Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.

The vote will take place during a meeting at2 p.m. Friday at theWilloughby Hills Community Center.

LaTourette's withdrawal as a candidate forreelection is effective as ofWednesday.

The Republican candidate will face Democrat Dale Blanchard, of Solon,Elaine R. Mastromatteo, a Green Party candidate, and David Macko,the Libertarian candidate.