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 TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE in 2016.

DeWine is projected to have defeated Democratic challenger Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordraySherrod Brown says he will not run for president CFPB confusing 'freedom of choice' with 'freedom to be fleeced' Consumer bureau chief to face lawmakers for first time since confirmation 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 ClintonPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Here's why Biden, Bernie and Beto are peaking The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings 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.