Familiar transition underway with GOP statewide sweep

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A familiar transition is underway in Ohio as Republicans once again swept all five offices including governor according to unofficial results from midterm elections.

GOP Attorney General Mike DeWine, with 51 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reported, on Tuesday defeated Democrat Richard Cordray, the former Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau chief, with 46 percent. Third-party candidates took about 3 percent of the vote.

GOP candidates also won races for attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown won a third term over challenger U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see), a northeastern Ohio Republican, and two Democrats also won state Supreme Court seats.

Voters soundly defeated a measure that would have made possession of certain types of illegal drugs into misdemeanors.

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