Monday, August 22, 2016

Who will be Ohio's next governor?

The Buckeye State is once again a prime battleground in a presidential election and home to one of the nation’s most competitive Senate contests.

But much of the chatter among political insiders these last few weeks has focused on Ohio’s 2018 race for governor. And both parties are in a bind, but for different reasons.

Gov. John Kasich is not eligible for another term, and at least four prominent fellow Republicans are sending signals that they would like to succeed him. Glass half-full, it’s an embarrassment of riches. 

Glass half-empty, it’s an ugly free-for-all that will drain the GOP donor pool, bruise the eventual nominee, and leave the losers limping toward an uncertain future.

At least the Republicans have options. Democrats haven’t quite recovered from their Ed FitzGerald shipwreck of 2014. Best-case scenario, a charismatic congressman gives up a safe seat and runs. Worst-case scenario, they end up with a lower-tier retread or rookie.

So, without further ado, let’s handicap the already crackling race for governor.

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