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Taft wins in Ohio, CNN projects


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) -- Republican Gov. Bob Taft defeated Democratic challenger Tim Hagan on Tuesday, CNN projects.

In pre-election polls, Taft led Hagan by more than 20 percentage points. Hagan, a veteran Cuyahoga County commissioner, was very short on cash during the campaign.

Taft, a former Ohio secretary of state, was first elected in 1998. He is the great-grandson of William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States. Republicans have controlled the Ohio governorship for the past twelve years.

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