Ohio lawmaker's wife loses bid to be placeholder

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FREMONT (AP) -- An Ohio lawmaker's wife has lost her bid to serve as his placeholder after a paperwork error forced him off Tuesday's primary ballot.

Rep. Rex Damschroder of Fremont failed to sign his candidate petitions the required number of times, which kept him from running for re-election.

His wife, Rhonda, ran as a write-in candidate for his northwestern Ohio seat. Tiffin businessman William Reineke Jr. prevailed in the three-way contest.

Had his wife won, Damschroder said she would've left the field, allowing Republican party officials in the district to place his name on the November ballot.

Damschroder said Thursday the clerical mistake threw a twist into his political plans, and he's re-evaluating his future.

He was elected to the Ohio House in 2010, though he had served eight years before then.

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