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Mike DeWine re-elected Ohio governor

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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In this file photo from Sept. 9, 2022 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Intel semiconductor manufacturing facility in New Albany, Ohio.

Updated: November 8, 2022, 10:21 P.M. ET

Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Republican incumbent governor, has won his bid to be re-elected as Ohio Governor against Nan Whaley, Democratic candidate and former Dayton mayor, according to the AP.

As a candidate, DeWine has kept a low-profile as part of his campaign strategy to avoid discussing controversial political issues, such as abortion and gun regulations.

Through his ads and seldom campaign speeches, DeWine touted his administration’s role in bringing companies like Intel to Ohio, growing the economy, and investing in children’s initiatives.

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In the final days leading up to the election, DeWine told supporters that Ohio is moving in the right direction under his leadership.

“This is a state that is moving forward,” said DeWine. “My goal is that every Ohio and live up to their God given potential. I think it’s what the people of the state want. I think they want a governor who is focused on the future and focused on investing in the people, focused on investing in the infrastructure of the state. That's what I've done.”

DeWine’s game plan for re-election included a refusal to debate Whaley, which resulted in the Republican nominee refusing to share a stage with the first woman to ever be nominated for governor by a major party in Ohio.

Whaley had made the issue of abortion a centerpiece of her campaign at a time when it appeared the topic could trigger a groundswell of support, based on the momentum generated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn constitutional protections to abortion rights.

“DeWine has been in office for 46 years, my entire life, trying to ban abortion. And just last week, he said he wants to go as far as possible," Whaley told a crowd during a campaign stop.

Whaley’s platform also included stricter gun regulation policies and a crackdown on corruption, stemming from the ongoing bribery investigation in federal court regarding a $1 billion nuclear bailout bill.

But the reach of Whaley’s signal on these issues was limited by DeWine’s refusal to debate and lower campaign fundraising.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.
Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.