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DeWine Enters Gubernatorial Race

Ohio Public Radio

Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has entered the 2018 gubernatorial race positioned as one of the state's longest serving and best known politicians. He made his long-anticipated announcement Sunday at his annual ice cream social at his Cedarville home. The social shows off the former U.S. senator and lieutenant governor's deep political roots in the state. It's not clear how well DeWine's traditional political profile will serve him in a national political climate that's been upended by PresidentTrump. DeWine's two announced Republican challengers are already employing some of Trump's campaign tactics. Cedarville University political scientist Mark Caleb Smith says DeWine's wide name recognition and favorability among voters, extensive political network and 2.5 million dollar campaign fund make him an instant front-runner.

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