Congressional Midterm Elections: Live Gubernatorial Updates

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Ohio’s gubernatorial race is in, and the results of the vote count are hardly surprising for anyone that’s been following the race there. Republican incumbent candidate John Kasich was considered a fairly likely winner, and he hasn’t disappointment, taking the governorship over Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald. Shortly after the number came in, Kasich tweeted “We did it! It’s only halftime, Ohio, and the best is yet to come. Thanks for placing your trust in our team,” alongside a photo of his family and “Thank You, Ohio! Four More Years!” The victory follows a somewhat difficult election thanks to his old Tea Party connections; the group refused to back him due to recent falling out — in part due to his stance on aspects of the Affordable Care Act. The loss of their support was ultimately not a problem for Kasich, and one he avoided dramatizing.

I don’t sit around doing political calculations … I’m not telling you that we don’t have political considerations on some issues. But it’s just about doing it right,” he told, “I am a conservative … I have a right to lead, too. I have a right to shape what conservative philosophy means too.” Apparently voters are in agreement, because he’s back in the governorship for another term. His more central position on topics that might alienate the far right is possibly indicative of a more open GOP. It will be interesting to see whether Wisconsin’s more far right Republican candidate will do as well in his own race.

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