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Split Down The Middle

Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown,  (left) and Republican Rep. Jim Renacci speaks during a debate at the Idea Center in Playhouse Square, Sunday in Cleveland.
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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown look at a new poll showing an evenly-divided state going into next month’s election, and the U.S. Senate debate that got deeply personal.

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In this week's episode:
The Color Purple

A poll released this week by the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics shows Ohio continues to be one of the darkest-purple states in the country. Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine are still running neck-and-neck, and their parties also enjoy equal support going into November 6.

Well, That Escalated Quickly

Republican Jim Renacci and Democrat Sherrod Brown met this week in Cleveland for their first debate in the race for Brown’s U.S. Senate seat. It didn’t take long for Renacci to mention Browns’ messy 1986 divorce where his then-wife claimed Brown shoved and bullied her.

Brown called the comment out of bounds, saying his ex-wife wants Renacci to stop. He said Renacci, who has defended President Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh amid their own assault allegations, should be ashamed of himself.

John Kasich GPS

Our governor was, where else? On a cable news talk show. And as usual, he was talking about foreign policy instead of Ohio government.

If you have a question, comment, or idea for the show, please email us at snollygoster@wosu.org.

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.
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.