In a battle of write-in candidates, Bill Reineke Jr. won the Republican nomination Tuesday to represent the 88th District in the Ohio House.
The district includes Sandusky County and most of Seneca County.
Reineke will face Democrat William Young, of Green Springs, in November.
Propelled by a strong Seneca County voter turnout, Reineke, a Tiffin car dealer, garnered 49 percent of the vote in the three-way contest of write-in candidates. Reineke received 2,247 votes to 1,657 votes for Rhonda Damschroder of Fremont, and 717 votes for Richard Geyer of Fremont, the elections boards in Sandusky and Seneca counties reported Wednesday.
Reineke drew 71 percent of the vote in his home county, Seneca. Seneca County also had a bigger voter turnout, with 2,450 votes cast in the race.
In Sandusky County, 2,171 Republicans voted in the race, and Rhonda Damschroder got 57 percent of them.
Reineke’s victory ended state Rep. Rex Damschroder’s effort to win re-election to the House seat.
Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, had intended to be on the primary ballot but bungled his candidacy petitions and then withdrew his candidacy before being disqualified.
His wife, Rhonda, then ran as a write-in candidate but had no plans to serve in the House. If she had won, she planned to quit the race so Sandusky and Seneca County Republican leaders could replace her on the fall ballot with her husband.