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Ohio Governor Candidates Clash On Taxes, Spending

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Republican challenger John Kasich clashed over taxes in the final debate of what has become a tight race in recent weeks.

Kasich says Strickland, the Democratic incumbent, raised taxes last year when he agreed to suspend a yearly income tax cut. Strickland denies that was a tax increase and says the move allowed $800 million to be spent on education.

Polls have shown that Strickland has cut into his rival's lead over the past month. The pair squared off Thursday in Toledo. Strickland criticized Kasich's plan to eliminate Ohio's income tax, saying it was a risky move that would force drastic cuts in state services.

Kasich says the only way to turn around the state is to cut government spending and taxes.