Lucas Co. voters elect Joe the Plumber

Wurzelbacher speaks to President Barack Obama during a presidential campaign stop in Holland, Ohio in 2008.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Joe the Plumber is plunging into party politics.

Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher, who was hailed by Republican John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008, has won a seat on Lucas County's Republican Party committee.

The group elects the county chairman and sets the party agenda. Wurzelbacher won the seat by a 38-24 vote Tuesday in his suburban Toledo precinct.

He became an overnight sensation almost two years ago after questioning then-Sen. Barack Obama on the campaign trail about his economic policies and then when McCain repeatedly cited "Joe the Plumber" in a debate.

Wurzelbacher has since written a book and spoken at conservative gatherings.

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