Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, has been projected to win the Democratic nomination for the governor of Ohio.
Whaley on Tuesday defeated John Cranley, the former mayor of Cincinnati, and will face incumbent Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, who won renomination from Republicans to seek a second term, in November.
The Cook Political Report has ranked Ohio’s gubernatorial race as likely Republican, leaving Whaley what is likely to be a challenging path in the fall.
The two rivals reportedly entered the race as “close friends,” but the contest became increasingly bitter as the two former mayors drew closer to Tuesday’s primary.
Cranley advocated legalizing