Tuesday, November 4, 2014

With John Kasich's big win, Ohio Republicans roll toward 2016 while Democrats face tough questions

COLUMBUS, Ohio – John Kasich got what he wanted Tuesday.

By making easy work of Ed FitzGerald, the Republican scored the kind of sweeping landslide that Ohio voters haven't awarded a sitting governor in 20 years.

With 99.67 percent of precincts counted, Kasich had 64 percent of the vote, compared with 33 percent for Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive whose campaign began with towering promise and ended in ruins. Green Party activist Anita Rios of Toledo had 3 percent.

"The new Republican Party!" Kasich cheered as he took the stage at the Renaissance Downtown Columbus Hotel.

"This is just not another election, another political campaign," Kasich told his supporters. "This is a movement to restore the hope in our state, and maybe it can even become contagious with hope being restored all across the United States of America."

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