AP: DeWine wins re-election as Ohio attorney general

Ohio Attorney General: Mike DeWine

Republican Mike DeWine has fought back a challenge by Cincinnati lawyer David Pepper to win a second term as Ohio’s attorney general.

DeWine defeated Pepper on Tuesday. As a former state lawmaker, Ohio lieutenant governor and U.S. senator, DeWine is among Ohio’s most well-known politicians.

Pepper is a former city councilman and Hamilton County commissioner, and he ran an aggressive campaign against DeWine.

He criticized DeWine for a host of actions. Those included awarding lucrative state business to the inexperienced firm of a friend, personally interfering in an internal sexual harassment investigation and delaying release of store video after a high-profile Wal-Mart shooting.

None of it stuck.

DeWine’s campaign emphasized the former prosecutor’s get-tough approach to corruption and fraud and progress in addressing a backlog of untested rape kits.

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