Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will faceoff to be Ohio’s next governor in the November general election after they won their respective party primaries by wide margins. DeWine, who is the state’s attorney general, ousted Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor with roughly 60% of the vote. Cordray, who once served as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama, beat runner-up Dennis Kucinich with about 62% of the vote. DeWine, a moderate Republican, has heaped praise on the oil and gas industry and the role Utica Shale development has played in the economy. Cordray has said little about energy issues, but scoffed at Kucinich’s call to ban all oil and gas drilling in the state.
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