DeWine, who is Ohio’s attorney general, defeated Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in a race that tightened as Election Day neared. The 71-year-old DeWine campaigned on job creation and putting an end to the opioid epidemic.
Cordray, 59, ran on a classic progressive platform of increased government services, particularly access to healthcare.
In the end, Ohio did what Ohio does: it elected a Republican governor. Ted Strickland (2006) is the only Democrat to win the governorship since Dick Celeste held the office for most of the 1980s.
Libertarian Travis Irvine and the Green Party's Constance Gadell-Newton rounded out the 2018 field of candidates.