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Which Ohio Candidates Will Take All May 8?

May 3, 2018
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Ohio Republican and Democratic voters will choose their party's candidates for governor in the May 8 primary elections next week. The winners in the primary races will run in November to replace Governor John Kasich, who is term-limited.

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Next Tuesday's race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination between Richard Cordray and Dennis Kucinich has the potential to keep a lot of Ohio Democrats up until the wee hours next Wednesday morning.

Depending on who you talk to, it's either going to be an incredibly close race, or it will be a relatively easy win for Cordray, the former Ohio attorney general who spent the past seven years as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington.

But with one major poll suggesting that, as of mid-April, more than half of the likely Democratic primary voters were undecided, you can throw all predictions out the window.

They mean nothing.

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Richard Cordray says he will step down from his post as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, signaling a possible run for Ohio Governor. Hamilton County Commission rejects FC Cincinnati's stadium plan just weeks before Major League Soccer owners decide which new teams to allow into the league. And a recount shows activist investor Nelson Peltz won his proxy fight with Procter and Gamble.

Kasich sworn in for second term at midnight

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COLUMBUS - At midnight today, Gov. John Kasich renewed his pledge as Ohio’s top executive with his cabinet and a bevy of supporters looking on.

Kasich kept his comments brief - he plans a much bigger ceremonial inauguration later in the day. But Kasich, who’s a possible presidential candidate—repeated his call for Ohio to be a state where people unite—to take care of each other.

Ohio's Governor's race is about a month away.  WVXU Political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the race.

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Mechanical engineering and industrial design students at Cincinnati State will soon be better equipped to design, develop and manufacture some of the world's most sophisticated products.

Siemens, at its historic Norwood plant, announced it is giving $66.8M worth of Siemens software to Cincinnati State. Governor John Kasich says 500 Ohio companies use Siemens software, including Proctor and Gamble, GE Aviation and Ethicon, and that gives students who know how to use it, an advantage in advancing their careers.

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Now that Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has decided not to run for Ohio Governor, WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about what happened:

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald will come to Butler County's heavily-Republican Liberty Township tonight for a fundraising event.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County Executive who has been endorsed for governor by the Ohio Democratic Party, will be at a reception and fundraiser at 5 p.m. at the home of Kathy Wyenandt, the chair of the Butler County Democratic Party executive committee.

The incumbent Republican governor, John Kasich, defeated then-Democratic governor Ted Strickland in 2010 by a large margin - 74,972 votes to Strickland's 40,153.

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WVXU's political reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the Ohio governor's race and whether Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune is about to jump in.

In or out?

The clock is ticking on Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune’s ambition to be the Democratic nominee for governor; and Portune probably has little more than a week to make up his mind.

Portune is saying that, by the end of the week, he should be ready to announce one way or the other about whether he will be a candidate for Ohio governor.

It’s a long shot; a 70-yard “Hail Mary” pass into the end zone for Portune to begin with.

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The field of candidates for the Ohio Governor's race is far from settled.  WVXU Political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about what to expect in the next several weeks before the filing deadlines.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune says he’s moving forward with plans to run for Ohio Governor. He’s forming an exploratory committee and beginning work on the necessary paperwork from the Board of Elections. 

That’s despite not having the backing of the Ohio Democratic Party.

Portune says Ohioans deserve a choice.

Despite being unknown to seven out of 10 Ohio registered voters, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald is gaining on Republican incumbent governor John Kasich, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

In the poll, conducted Nov. 19-24, Kasich had 44 percent to FitzGerald’s 37 percent. In June, Kasich held a 14 percentage point lead over FitzGerald, who is the elected Cuyahoga County executive.

If old guard Republicans in Hamilton County were the type to use Internet slang, they might be typing “smh” when they see what is going on with their county and the Ohio Democratic Party these days.

“Scratching my head,’’ for those who don’t keep up with internet slang.

There was a time, a few decades ago, when the Ohio Democratic Party barely acknowledged the existence of Hamilton County; they turned their heads and pretended extreme southwest corner of the state didn’t exist because it was so thoroughly Republican.

Those days are gone.

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State Senator Eric Kearney of North Avondale will be Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald's running mate for lieutenant governor, a campaign source said today.

Kearney, who is 50 years old, will officially join the Democratic ticket tomorrow at an event with FitzGerald  at Crowley's Pub in Mt. Adams, according to FitzGerald campaign spokesman Matt McGrath.

Cuyahoga County executive FitzGerald is taking on incumbent Republican governor John Kasich in the 2014 election. It is assumed that Kasich will run with the current lieutenant governor, Mary Taylor.

Odd, very odd.

Two public opinion polls, taken about two months apart, asking Ohio voters the same question: who would you vote for governor if the 2014 election were held today, Republican incumbent John Kasich or Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald?

The first one, done by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in June, had Kasich leading FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County Executive, by 14 percentage points – 47 percent to 33 percent. In a poll with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent, that is a comfortable lead.

John J. “Jack” Gilligan, the former Ohio governor who passed away Monday at age 92, was many things in his long life.

An unabashed, unapologetic liberal, seemingly oblivious to whether or not it cost or gained him votes.

A war hero, earning the Silver Star while serving on board a destroyer during the battle of Okinawa.

A young man who came home from the war, worked in the family funeral business, and went on to teach literature at Xavier University before launching his career in politics.  

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Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, is expected to formally announce his candidacy for Ohio governor Wednesday at stops in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati event takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Laborers' Local Union Hall at 3457 Montgomery Rd. in Evanston. RSVPs for all three events can be made here.

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This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about the Ohio Governor's race and the changing attitudes on gay marriage, with Maryanne Zeleznik.

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Another Ohio Democrat - former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton - has said she won't run for governor in 2014, leaving the field nearly wide open for the only active candidate, Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald.

Sutton told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in an e-mail Friday that she thanked her supporters, but said "I have decided that I will not run for governor in 2014."

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Hamilton County Democrats will get a look at their only active candidate for Ohio governor on April 11, when Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is the featured speaker at a county party fundraising reception.

FitzGerald, the 44-year-old former mayor of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, announced last week he was forming an exploratory committee for a run for Ohio governor in 2014, when the Republican incumbent, John Kasich is up for re-election.

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As Democrats from across the state gathered in Columbus for their annual Legacy Dinner, they were still absorbing the news that Youngstown area Congressman Tim Ryan will not be running for governor next year.

Among the disappointed was state Rep. Bob Hagan.

“I think he could have won," he said. "I think it’s going to be a tough campaign – we needed someone that can shout and can scream and get people up on their feet and I think he can do that. On the other hand, I’m disappointed because, in a selfish way, I was going to run for Congress myself in his seat.”

Twenty-five months into his term, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has finally hit the “magic number.”

In politics, the magic number for an elected official seeking re-election is 50 percent or more in his or her job approval rating.


You do not want to be running for re-election with an approval rating below 50 percent. It doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to lose, but it means you have some explaining to do the voters.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, like many seasoned election veterans, likes to help the young aspiring politicians who, in years past, helped him get where he wanted to go.


That’s what Strickland was doing in Cincinnati Friday, at the Southern Baptist Church and elsewhere, where he joined Greg Landsman, a fellow Democrat, as Landsman officially launched his run for a seat on Cincinnati City Council.