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Previewing Ohio's Primary Election

Rep. Joyce Beatty and Congressional candidate Morgan Harper.
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Rep. Joyce Beatty and Congressional candidate Morgan Harper.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the big races voters will decide in Tuesday's election. WOSU News reporter Nick Evans joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

In this week's episode:
Bernie Still Burnin'

Despite a less-than-desirable performance in the most recent primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will remain in the race. Sanders acknowledges his campaign is losing the electability argument, but is looking forward to a one-on-one debate with Joe Biden this weekend.

Congressional Primaries

In Ohio's 3rd District, longtime Rep. Joyce Beatty faces a challenge from the left in newcomer Morgan Harper. Beatty has more campaign cash and has not shown up to all the candidate forums, but she's not taking her place in this gerrymandered district for granted.

In the 4th District, three Democrats and one independent are working to unseat Republican Rep. Jim Jordan. Allegations that Jordan knew about sexual abuse in Ohio State's wrestling program while he was a coach may hurt his chances if they gain validity.

The Democratic primary in the 12th District has two candidiates hoping to unseat Republican Rep. Troy Balderson. Businesswoman Alaina Shearer is the party's endorsed candidate, but nurse practitioner Jenny Bell is defining her campaign with support for single-payer health care.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and son. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for 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.