Ohio GOP endorses Mike DeWine in governor's race

Ohio GOP endorses Mike DeWine in governor's race
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (WBNS-10TV)

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee voted Friday to endorse Mike DeWine for governor.

“My campaign is about building a better future for Ohio by fighting the status quo and working to solve Ohio’s biggest issues,” DeWine said. “As governor, I will bring new, high-paying jobs and economic opportunity to all of Ohio, fight for real-world education reform, and bring an end to the opioid crisis that is killing thousands of Ohioans and holding back our economy.”

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"Ohio's future brightened today as the State Central Committee voted to endorse a pro-growth, pro-family candidate in Mike DeWine," Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken said. "Mike DeWine is the right person to lead Ohio boldly into tomorrow. The Ohio Republican Party is proud to support Mike DeWine, and we look forward to his victory in November."

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor says she would not support Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor in Ohio's general election if he prevails in their race for the Republican nomination.

Taylor, who is also running for governor, said:

President Reagan famously said, ‘This is a time for choosing.’ The Ohio Republican Party has made their choice. Without a single debate they chose the old guard, career politician over the true conservative in this race. This endorsement, which is the result of the kind of backroom dealing voters despise, is yet another effort by the Establishment to coronate Mike DeWine. But taking on the Establishment is what I do. The people’s endorsement is what I’m seeking, and that will come on May 8th. Let’s let the voters decide.

In addition to Mike DeWine, the State Central Committee voted to endorse the following statewide candidates:

  • Jim Renacci - U.S. Senate
  • Dave Yost - Attorney General
  • Frank LaRose - Secretary of State
  • Robert Sprague - Treasurer of State
  • Keith Faber - Auditor of State
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