Establishment vs. grassroots in Ohio GOP Senate primary

MARYSVILLE — The contentious Republican Party primary race in Ohio's 26th Senate District didn't escalate Wednesday in Union County, but it didn't exactly cool off, either.

State Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, and Marysville business owner Melissa Ackison were on the same stage, but, per rules laid out by the Union County Republican Party, were not allowed to directly address each other during a candidate forum in Marysville.

The two candidates entered and exited the stage inside the Veteran's Auditorium at the county building from opposite sides and did not acknowledge each other.

Each candidate was given four minutes to address the audience and then the audience was allowed to ask questions. Both touted their conservative credentials during the event.

Ackison addressed the audience first, breaking into a stream-of-consciousness speech to cover the issues on which her campaign is built. Read the full story here.