Republican DeWine Wins Governor’s Race In Key Swing State Of Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks to a group of supporters during a campaign event at the Boat House at Confluence Park on November 2, 2018 in Col... COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks to a group of supporters during a campaign event at the Boat House at Confluence Park on November 2, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine is running against former Ohio Attorney General and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Richard Cordray for the governorship of Ohio, currently held by Republican and 2016 Presidential candidate John Kasich, who has reached his term limit. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine won a close race for governor in the key swing state of Ohio on Tuesday, dashing Democrats’ hopes of winning back the governor’s mansion.

DeWine defeated former Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, according to projections by NBC News and ABC News.

DeWine’s victory represents a major relief for the GOP as Democrats hoped to regain a foothold in the swing state that has been under complete Republican control since 2011.

Despite the importance of the toss-up contest in the Buckeye State, the relatively muted race between the two bureaucrats was labeled the “battle of boring” by the local press. Polls remained consistently close and the campaign saw few of the headline-grabbing debate moments or outrageous campaign ads that garner national media attention.

The attorney general had to walk a fine line, keeping an arms’ distance from incumbent Gov. John Kasich as he sought to appeal to both the more moderate voters who backed Kasich and the state’s Trump-supporting base.

Healthcare was a key issue in the race. Kasich, one of the first Republican governors to expand Medicaid in his state under the Affordable Care Act, withheld his endorsement of DeWine until the GOP nominee reluctantly offered his support for it.

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