DeWine governorship win solidifies GOP hold on Ohio

DeWine governorship win solidifies GOP hold on Ohio
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) is projected to be elected governor, solidifying GOP control of a state that broke sharply for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: WHCA picking non-comedian for headliner a 'good first step' Five takeaways from Mississippi's Senate debate Watergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' MORE in 2016.

DeWine is projected to have defeated Democratic challenger Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayKasich to return to New Hampshire for post-midterms visit Warren? Biden? Sanders? Dems have different answers on 2020 after 2018 The Hill's Morning Report — Split decision: Dems take House, GOP retains Senate majority MORE (D), Ohio’s former attorney general,  in his bid to succeed term-limited Gov. John Kasich (R).

DeWine has served as Ohio attorney general since 2011 after ousting Cordray from the role in 2010. He also served as lieutenant governor of Ohio from 1991 to 1994 and as a U.S. Senator from 1995 to 2007.

DeWine’s victory is boost to Republicans seeking to turn bellwether Ohio into firm GOP territory. Ohio chose President Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWatergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' Senate Homeland Security chairman requests briefing on Ivanka Trump emails House GOP to hold hearing into DOJ’s probe of Clinton Foundation MORE by eight points in the 2016 election, and has elected Republican governors in three consecutive elections.

Election forecasters rated the race a toss-up, though Cordray maintained leads of 3-6 percent in October polls.