Mandel vs. Coughlin vs. Blackwell.

This is already shaping up to be more brutal than the Brunner vs. Fisher primary ever really got.

“Kevin Coughlin, Josh Mandel, and Ken Blackwell are finding it’s much easier to take shots at each other than to explain their positions on dangerous schemes that undermine middle class Ohioans and dismantle Medicare,” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “Now D.C. Republicans are forced to look at Ohio and shake their heads as they find themselves with a slate of candidates engaging in an uncomfortable primary fight that they were hoping to avoid.”

In all honesty, I see this as more of a battle between Josh Mandel, the GOP party establishment candidate, and Ken Blackwell, the darling of the national conservative grassroots activists.  If Ken Blackwell does run for the primary, it’s going to be brutal for Josh Mandel.

Grab the popcorn, folks.  This could get really interesting to watch.