Mike DeWine to name Jon Husted as running mate Thursday

Mike DeWine to name Jon Husted as running mate Thursday
Mike DeWine (left) and Jon Husted (right) Photo: The Enquirer file

We expect a shakeup in the Ohio governor's race Thursday.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to name fellow GOP gubernatorial contender and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted as his running mate at events in Dayton and Columbus,according to our news partners at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The move could clear the GOP field for governor, which also includes U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

DeWine is considered the front runner with fundraising prowess and name recognition.

But Ohio Secretary of State Husted was a formidable competitor with organization statewide.

DeWine's spokesman declined to comment.

Husted's spokesman could not be reached for comment on the unity ticket, which was first reported by 10TV in Columbus and by the Dayton Daily News.

The announcement comes as Democrats expect former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leader Rich Cordray to enter the race.

He resigned from the federal post last week.

The Democratic candidates are: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

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