Maybe this thing which I tried to post 10 hours ago will go up this time.
Hackett would have gone to the right of DeWine on immigration, and made DeWine's life very uncomfortable. I agree that DeWine would probably survive, but the risk would have been much greater, esp if a bill perceived as unacceptable passes.
That isn't to say DeWine v. Brown is over. Never underestimate the GOP's ability to screw things up.