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Who Isn't Running For Congress In Ohio's 12th?

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J. Scott Applewhite
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Associated Press
Rep. Pat Tiberi is not seeking re-election in Ohio's 12th Congressional District.

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

How many is too many? Eighteen candidates are trying to elbow their way into the Congressional seat left vacant by former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi. Meanwhile, the Republican governor race ads continue to sling mud and a Democratic underdog hopes the celebrity endorsement from Ed "Al Bundy" O'Neill will give his campaign a boost.

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In this week's episode:
Primary Numbers

Mary Taylor and Mike DeWine continue to spend big money on campaign ads despite the fact that polling shows DeWine with a double-digit lead. On the Democratic side, Richard Cordray appears to have an edge over his main rival Dennis Kucinich, but Modern Family and Married With Children actor Ed O'Neill is throwing his weight behind state Sen. Joe Schiavoni.

Ohio's 12th District  

The rift in the GOP is playing out in the primary for Pat Tiberi's seat in Congress. Three mainstream Republicans may split the vote, leaving an opening for Liberty Township trustee Melanie Leneghan, a Trump supporter who has earned conservative cred from Ohio's U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan. Democrats are also serving up a crowded dish of candidates for primary voters. 

John Kasich GPS

After a night out at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Gov. John Kasich appeared on CNN and was asked if he would run as an independent candidate in 2020. "I didn't leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left me," was his reply.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.