Republican Mike DeWine elected next governor of Ohio, according to projections


Voters in Ohio have chosen Republican Mike DeWine to be the next governor, according to an ABC projection.


DeWine and his challenger, Richard Cordray, battled for the spot right up until the last minute. On Monday, DeWine visited Youngstown before an appearance with President Trump in Cleveland and Cordray campaigned in western Ohio.

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During the campaign, DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, have said they’re focused on the oil and natural gas industries, saying they’ll have a big impact on the Mahoning Valley.

DeWine has also said he wants to continue building the state’s economy, saying that will provide money to fund services instead of raising taxes.

He’s interested in increasing Ohio’s Local Government Fund to help communities and wants to avoid tapping into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

DeWine’s jobs plan focuses on building skills, investing in new research and streamlining business regulations.

He will replace current Gov. John Kasich, whose term ends in January.

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