Experts weigh in on DeWine and Husted teaming up for gubernatorial race

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine & Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted have announced they are joining campaigns for the 2018 Ohio governor's race (WSYX/WTTE)

Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Two frontrunners in the race for the Republic nomination for Ohio governor have teamed up.

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday that Secretary of State Jon Husted would be joining the race with him.

Husted was quick to say the two teaming up is in the best interest of Ohio and each other.

"Mike and I would have fought a brutal campaign that would have left the winner bruised and broken with only a few months to rebuild before the general election," he said.

It was just a few months ago both men announced a gubernatorial run.

But the decision to team DeWine and Husted on the same ticket happened over the past week.

"Mike will be the decision maker,” Husted said, “let there be no confusion about that, but he's going to make me do my job too to make sure that he gets good advice so that he can make the decisions that are best for the state of Ohio. It's a team but the governor is the decision maker.”

FOX 45’s Christian Hauser sat down with Nancy Martorano Miller, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Dayton, who broke down the pick and the timing of the announcement.

"It's a bit early for candidates to make teams for the ticket,” she said, “especially when the two front-runners for the Republican primary actually decide to join forces.”

Miller said DeWine and Husted have the most name recognition of any of the GOP candidates, as well as the most campaign cash.

"Which will effectively mean we won't have to spend much money or beat each other up from now through the Republican primary," Miller said.

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor also addressed her candidacy Thursday. Saying she was not dropping out of the gubernatorial race.

Fellow candidate and Congressman Jim Renacci called DeWine and Husted career Columbus politicians.

On the Democratic side of the race, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley sent a statement, saying in part, “Just what Ohioans don't need. Another decade of bad ideas from two rusted Republican politicians who, together, have been running for office for nearly 60 years. This is the same party that’s had 25 years of running Ohio without getting it right. It’s the same GOP that hasn’t created jobs – only created a culture of corruption, and Ohioans aren’t better off."

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