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 TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE in 2016.

DeWine is projected to have defeated Democratic challenger Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayHouse leaders ask Supreme Court to reject Trump challenge to consumer bureau Trump administration asks Supreme Court to take up challenge to consumer bureau Watchdog agency must pick a side: Consumers or scammers 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 ClintonVideo of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Ronan Farrow exposes how the media protect the powerful Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' 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.