In Tight Race, Ohio Governor Rivals Hedging Bets On President Trump

By Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In Ohio’s hard fought governor’s race, candidates of both parties are using the final stretch to hedge their bets on Donald Trump.

Even as Vice President Mike Pence plans a Wednesday campaign stop for Republican Mike DeWine, the state attorney general is embracing the support of Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk), a vocal Trump detractor.

Democratic candidate Richard Cordray, the Obama-era consumer protection chief, campaigned with former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday. His final ads pledge he’ll work with the Republican president “when he does something that helps Ohio,” but fight Trump when his proposals are detrimental.

Walking the line on the unconventional president could be critical to winning the perennial swing state. Trump won Ohio easily in 2016, while Democrat Barack Obama, with Biden, won it in 2008 and 2012.


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