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Primary Leaves Ohio Republicans Optimistic For November

Bryan Woolston
John Hosted, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, from left, his wife Tina, stand with Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine and his wife Fran at an a primary election night rally, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus

The Ohio Republican Party is feeling confident going into November’s general election after all of its endorsed statewide candidates won by large margins, starting at the top of the ticket with Mike DeWine as their gubernatorial nominee. The party has a plan to reach out to voters across the spectrum.

The party says, despite all the talk of the so-called “Blue Wave,” it’s actually the GOP that’s seeing the enthusiasm from voters.

Blaine Kelly, the party’s spokesperson, says they now plan to harness that enthusiasm to reach out to independents and what he calls disaffected Democrats. The brutal $10 million primary was the most expensive in state history, but Kelly says Mary Taylor supporters will come around to support Mike DeWine.

“Families have disagreements but at the end of the day you know we’re going to come together and we’re going to do what’s best for the state of Ohio, these voters are going to come home for Mike DeWine,” Kelly said.

She also points out that Republicans had a 20 percent larger voter turnout than Democrats.

Republicans are also gearing up to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, with nominee Rep. Jim Renacci declaring that "Ohio is a Trump state."

"Ohio is going to move forward with the Trump agenda," he told supporters on Tuesday, "and Ohio is going to get anybody who is an obstacle, including Sen. Brown, out of the way."

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.