Nan Whaley wins Democratic primary, to face DeWine

Ohio Governor Republican candidate Gov.  Mike DeWine (left) and Democratic candidate Nan Whaley (right).

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will face Democratic former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley in the November election.

DeWine defeated four Republican challengers in Tuesday’s election. Whaley easily defeated former Cincinnati mayor John Cranley for the Democratic nomination. Whaley’s victory made her the first woman ever nominated by a major party for Ohio governor.

Whaley slams DeWine, appeals to Republicans for change

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Nan Whaley pivoted quickly to November, slamming Gov. Mike DeWine for leading a corrupt Ohio state government that bailed out nuclear plants and for not caring about average Ohioans.

Whaley faces an uphill battle to unseat the incumbent governor, but she isn’t conceding any votes even appealing to Republicans who backed former US Rep. Jim Renacci and farmer Joe Blystone.

“Over the next six months, you’re going to hear from a lot of folks in the media and talking heads saying this can’t be done,” Whaley said. “They’re going to say that Ohio’s a red state and that Mike DeWine can’t be beat, but starting today, we’re going to prove them wrong.”

Democratic nominee for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley delivers a victory speech during the election night watch party for democratic gubernatorial primary candidate Nan Whaley at Montgomery County Democratic Party Headquarters in downtown Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, defeated former Cincinnati mayor John Cranley in Tuesday's democratic primary race to become the first female candidate nominated for governor of Ohio.

Whaley said Republicans and Democrats could agree that DeWine was out of touch and focused on lobbyists more than Ohioans. She pointed toward the Akron-based FirstEnergy scandal that led to the judgment of former House Speaker Larry Householder as Exhibit A.

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