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Lieutenant governor-elect Jon Husted and governor-elect Mike DeWine celebrate at the Ohio Republican Party event, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Republican Mike DeWine will cap off a career in Ohio politics that has spanned five decades with four years in the governor's office, beating Democrat Richard Cordray in a relatively close race Tuesday.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has succeeded in his bid to become Ohio's next governor, defeating Democrat Richard Cordray.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio election officials say voting is “brisk” and long morning voting lines are par for the course during a high-turnout election.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Candidates spent a last full day of campaigning around Ohio on Monday before voters select a new governor and decide a U.S. Senate race and some closely contested congressional seats.

Ohio governor candidates Democratic Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine speak to reporters following their third debate at Cleveland State University.
Angelo Merendino / AP

The major party candidates for governor are spending this last full day of campaigning pushing for votes in what is coming down to be a close race. 

As part of ideastream's You First initiative, we asked Ohioans what issues will guide their vote this election. Environmental concerns including Lake Erie algae, climate change, and fracking were among the responses. So where do the major party candidates for governor stand on environmental issues?

Fracking and Renewable Energy

28-year-old Alex Mahy of Oberlin lists healthcare and the environment as his top two issues. He cites a concern for pollution, greenhouse gases, and fracking, which he says poisons well water and groundwater.

This election is going to be a nail biter... or cause us all to go off of our diets in an extreme way. 

Ohio Voters Rank Health Care Top Issue For 2018 Election

Nov 1, 2018
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

A new Baldwin-Wallace poll, released this week, finds health care is the top issue in deciding how Ohioans will vote for governor and U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Less than a week before the midterm elections, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ohio) visited The Ohio State University on Thursday to encourage students to vote for Democrats Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton.

About two weeks out from Election Day, a dozen United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers came out to the small eastern city of Warren, Ohio. They were there to support the Democratic ticket for governor, Richard Cordray and his running mate Betty Sutton.

Democratic candidate for Ohio governor Richard Cordray speaks at the Talk Job's With Ohio's Next Governor forum in Cleveland on Thursday.
Stuart Pearl

In almost every election, the economy is considered the top issue. Both Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray say they have plans to spark Ohio’s economy, which has come back from the Great Recession but has been lagging the nation in job and wage growth.

During a rally for the Democratic ticket in Ohio on Monday, former Vice President Joe Biden said the violent events of the last week required leaders who could unite the country.

But this was a get-out-the-vote rally. So he criticized the Republican Party for favoring corporations over working people and seeking to gut Social Security and Medicare.

Biden urged people in attendance to reverse Republican control of Ohio government.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Milkshakes in hand, former Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray encouraged students at Ohio State to vote in next week’s election.

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown are joined by special guest Ann Fisher to discuss how the gubernatorial candidates are pushing an economic message in the final days of the campaign. This episode was recorded live at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Leadership Forum.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray shakes hands with supporters during an election night event Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The candidates for governor and other statewide races have released their final fundraising reports before next month’s election. It’s been a record-breaking election for at least one race.