Gov. Mike DeWine will win the GOP primary for governor in Ohio, according to a projection from the CNN Decision Desk, defeating three challengers as he seeks a second term in office.
DeWine, a staunch conservative but occasional critic of former President Donald Trump, benefited from the failure of his two leading rivals, former Rep. Jim Renacci and Joe Blystone, a farmer and first time candidate, to consolidate Trump’s base of support.
A veteran of nearly 40 years in Ohio GOP politics, DeWine appeared vulnerable early on in the campaign after a right wing backlash to his aggressive early handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. But his opponents struggled to raise money and DeWine, who has strong ties to state business community, entered the last weeks of the campaign with a comfortable lead in the polls.
DeWine will face off in November’s general election with either former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley or Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, who are competing for the Democratic nomination in a closely contested race.