Republican Mike DeWine will win Ohio's gubernatorial race, successfully defending a swing state governor's office for the GOP, NBC News projects.
The 71-year-old Ohio attorney general will defeat Democrat Richard Cordray, who came up short even as Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was projected to win re-election. DeWine will succeed Republican Gov. John Kasich.
President Donald Trump won Ohio in 2016.
The Republican ran a campaign focused on preserving the economic gains seen under GOP control of the state and federal government. Cordray, former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, ran a campaign focused on protecting access to health-care coverage.