GOP again sweeps races for governor, 4 other state offices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Republicans have again swept the races for governor and four other state offices in a midterm election.

GOP Attorney General Mike DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray on Tuesday in the race for governor. With nearly all precincts reported, unofficial results showed DeWine had 51 percent of the vote to 46 percent for the former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief. 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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