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Monday Politics Chat: With Mandel Gone, Who Will GOP Senate Candidate Be?

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Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with New Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the sudden withdrawal of State Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican, from Ohio's U.S. Senate race. It might have been a re-match between Mandel and Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown - a 2012 race that Brown won by six percentage points. But now the picture on Republican side is muddled, at best. Will the GOP nominee be Cleveland banker Mike Gibbons or will a better-known GOP figure step forward?  

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.