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DeWine Will Face Primary Challenge From Pro-Trump Candidate

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rennaci.
Manuel Balce Ceneta
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Associated Press
President Donald Trump supported U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci in 2018. Renacci will now look to unseat Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine next year.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss former congressman Jim Renacci's challenge to Gov. Mike DeWine in the Republican Primary for governor.

Passing On The Right

Renacci, a businessman and former congressman, has been blasting DeWine for months on Twitter and in interviews. He looked like he was planning a run, but the governor is very well known and will be very hard to beat. So we all wondered if Renacci would actually pull the trigger.

He came out guns blazing. He blames DeWine for losing 300,000 jobs, the rising crime rate, rising gas prices, for trying to take away your guns and corruption at the Ohio Statehouse.

Renacci calls Mike DeWine "Cuomo 2.1," referring to New York’s Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo – a big target of the right and even the left these days.

Renacci joins far-right conservative farmer Joe Blystone as one of DeWine's challengers in next spring's GOP primary.

Vaccines Attract Conspiracy Theories

As expert witnesses testified before a formal legislative hearing this week at the statehouse, one woman claimed that vaccines can magnetize the body.

To demonstrate she put a metal key on her chest and it stayed there for a minute, likely because of perspiration. Then she tried several times to show that a piece of metal would stick to her neck. It did not. It fell off.

She identified herself as a nurse.

Send questions and comments to 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.