Ohio Governor 2018

There’s a lot at stake in this year’s midterm elections in Ohio.

Republicans are trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Democrats hope to break the GOP control over the governor’s office and other statewide positions. Nationally, majorities in Congress hang in the balance.

Helping us put the pieces together is Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

On competitive Congressional races in Ohio

Dake Kang / Associated Press

One of the Republican candidates for governor is pulling back an earlier statement in which she said she wouldn’t vote for her primary opponent if he becomes the party’s nominee. 

Connie Pillich (left) has ended her bid to become governor and endorsed and Richard Cordray.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

The only woman running for the Democratic nomination for governor has dropped out of the race. She’s throwing her support to a man she’d once criticized, but who many consider to be the frontrunner in the party’s primary.

The Ohio Republican Party has voted to endorse Attorney General Mike DeWine as their gubernatorial candidate. DeWine’s running against Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who had very strong words for how the endorsement process went down. 

Democratic governor candidate Jon Heavey, from Cleveland, sits with his family.
HEAVEY FOR GOVERNOR

Democrats are looking at a crowded primary field for Ohio governor, with nine candidates vying for a nomination. Among the surprise names that came up in the filings was Cleveland doctor Jon Heavey. 

Mary Taylor, from left, Bill ONeill and Dennis Kucinich Eleven candidates appeared in person or sent a representative to file paperwork in the Secretary of State office in Columbus to run for governor of Ohio.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The slate is now set for voters to decide who they want as the next governor of Ohio. The filing deadline came down to the wire for some candidates. And it’s shaping up to be two tough primaries, and for the Democrats a crowded one, too.

Fitrakis & Gadell-Newton

In a year that’s already brought a record number of women running for governor, Ohio’s Green Party has a candidate of its own for consideration.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

The governor's race is shaping up to be expensive, according to the campaign finance filings for the last six months of last year. And the money leaders in the Republican and Democratic primaries easily outraised their opponents.

Amy Sancetta / Associated Press

After serving on the Ohio Supreme Court for 15 years, Bill O'Neill's new year began with an attempt by Senate Republicans to kick him off. Before it could go any further, though, he stepped down himself to pursue the goal that's been on his mind for months: running for Ohio governor. 

Connie Pillich
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Democratic governor candidate Connie Pillich has hit the campaign trail with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

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