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Ohio GOP Gov. Kasich Gets Primary Challenger


To appear on the Republican primary ballot on Feb. 5, Stevenot and Mack have to collect at least 1,000 signatures for the candidacy, according to Politico.

"Ted is serious about running. It is all about giving people a choice in this election, and in the case of Ted, a conservative choice," Ohio Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski told the Daily Beast of Stevenot's candidacy. Zawistowski helped circulate Stevenot's announcement. "I don't think many conservative Republicans, who vote in primaries think that John Kasich has been a conservative at all."

In a separate interview with ABC News Zawistowski was even more direct.

“He’s literally not a conservative, whether it’s his attempt to tax the oil and gas industry or Medicaid expansion,” Zawistowski said according to ABC News.

Stevenot's latest candidacy is actually the latest skirmish in an ongoing war between establishment Republicans and tea party Republicans in Ohio. In 2013 Kasich passed up Zawistowski for Matt Borges when selecting a Republican Party chairman.

"We are excited to support John Kasich in his reelection," Borges told the Daily Beast. "I am optimistic about the governor's chances for victory in November and we are going to work hard to make that a reality."

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Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at