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Pat DeWine Leaves Race For Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice

Patrick DeWine

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine said he's dropping out of the race for chief justice of the court.

DeWine, a Republican and the son of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, said he decided the best way to ensure a conservative majority on the court is to run for re-election to his current seat in the 2022 election. The 53-year-old DeWine made the announcement Tuesday.

DeWine's decision narrows the chief justice race to Justice Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, and Justice Sharon Kennedy, a Republican. Current GOP Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor must leave her seat due to age limits. The court's current make-up is a 4-3 GOP majority.

DeWine has served on the court since since 2017.

Associated Press