Republican John Kasich has coasted to a second term as Ohio’s governor by defeating Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald.
Tuesday’s victory was expected after a series of campaign missteps by the Cuyahoga County executive left him seriously behind in polls and fundraising.
Gov. Kasich released this statement saying, “Ohio made a lot of progress in the past four years because we had the courage to come together to solve tough problems. The result is that Ohio is getting stronger every day.”
Kasich went on to thank his family, team of volunteers, supporter, staff and most importantly the people of Ohio.
Early on, the 62-year-old Kasich was seen as vulnerable largely because of political fallout from a collective-bargaining battle he lost against public employee unions in 2011.
But FitzGerald suffered a series of political blows this summer that included dismal fundraising, the departure of two top staffers and revelations that he lacked a permanent driver’s license for more than a decade.
Kasich ran on his record of job creation in the wake of a punishing recession and his efforts to rein in Ohio government spending and cut taxes.
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