State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) is reportedly feeling “uneasy” about Tuesday’s primary election, in which he’ll face off against small business owner and conservative activist Melissa Ackison (R-Marysville) for the 26th district state senate seat.
While Reineke, the wealthy heir to his family’s car dealership enterprise, has the on-paper advantage in the race against Ackison — more cash left in the bank, coveted endorsements from the Ohio Republican Party, Congressman Jim Jordan, and others — a source familiar with Reineke’s line of thinking told TiffinOhio.net News that he is privately expressing concern to those close to him that Ackison could pull off a stunning victory.
The 26th district state senate seat includes Seneca, Sandusky, Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Wyandot, and Union counties. It is currently represented by Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), who is term-limited and has endorsed Reineke for the seat.
In the most recent pre-primary campaign finance reports filed by the candidates, the last of which will be made public before Tuesday’s election, Ackison outraised Reineke by over $26,000 — sending shock waves through the Ohio Republican establishment.
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