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Cordray, DeWine Campaign With Big Names On Election Eve

Ohio governor candidates Democratic Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine speak to reporters following their third debate at Cleveland State University.
Angelo Merendino
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AP
Ohio governor candidates Democratic Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine speak to reporters following their third debate at Cleveland State University.

The major party candidates for governor are spending this last full day of campaigning pushing for votes in what is coming down to be a close race. 

Democrat Richard Cordray is uniting with another candidate who’s likely to do well in this midterm election, while Mike DeWine has been going to both ends of the Republican spectrum in Ohio.

Friday night brought the first sight of Gov. John Kasich and DeWine together. The twice-elected Kasich, who won Ohio’s presidential primary in 2016, has been unpopular among some Republicans for his criticism of President Trump.

DeWine will be at Trump’s rally in Cleveland Monday afternoon. He was also in town Sunday, shaking hands and taking photos at FirstEnergy Stadium before the Browns game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Occasionally his meet-and-greets were interrupted by a yelp of his challenger's name.

"We have a few dissenters, but we would call those 'undecided,'" DeWine quipped.

DeWine said the response Sunday was the most enthusiastic he's had at a Browns game, where he says he can meet voters from around the state face-to-face.

"I would ask for everyone's vote," he said. "This is going to be a close race, but that's to be expected in an election where there's no incumbent governor."

Monday night, Cordray will rally in Columbus with incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown. Polls show Brown holds a double digit lead against Rep. Jim Renacci. And in the last six elections where governor and U.S. Senator were on the ballot, the same party won both of those offices.