Governor Mike Dewine wins reelection

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Republican Governor Mike Dewine is heading back to the Governor’s mansion.

Dewine has won a second term in the race for the state’s chief executive slot against challenger Nan Whaley, a democrat, who had hoped to regain a seat last held by her party 16 years ago.

Dewine spoke to supporters after his victory was announced .

“To the people of Ohio thank you. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to continue to serve. And thank you for giving the most precious thing you can and that is time and opportunity for us to continue to work for you. Thank you for that time. ” Dewine said.

Dewine won a surprisingly tight three-way primary in may as conservatives angered by his efforts to slow Covid-19 sought to unseat him.

Whaley handily defeated former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in her primary.

Dewine and Whaley bonded over the 2019 mass shooting that killed nine in Dayton. But Whaley had increasingly criticized the Governor for his failure to pass stronger gun laws and for his anti-abortion stance