AP: Gov. Kasich wins re-election in Ohio

Ohio Governor John Kasich gives a thumbs up at the Ohio Republican Party celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich coasted to re-election by defeating Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald amid early indications turnout was low across the state. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Ohio Governor John Kasich gives a thumbs up at the Ohio Republican Party celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich coasted to re-election by defeating Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald amid early indications turnout was low across the state. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican John Kasich has coasted to re-election as Ohio’s governor by defeating Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald amid early indications turnout was low across the state.

Tuesday’s victory was expected after campaign missteps by FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, left him seriously behind in polls and fundraising.

Democratic candidate for Governor Ed FitzGerald, right, speaks at the Democratic election night event as running mate Sharen Neuhardt listens, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. FitzGerald and Neuhardt were defeated by Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Democratic candidate for Governor Ed FitzGerald, right, speaks at the Democratic election night event as running mate Sharen Neuhardt listens, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. FitzGerald and Neuhardt were defeated by Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

FitzGerald’s troubles and the lack of a U.S. Senate race or any statewide ballot issues were among factors keeping people from the polls.

The 62-year-old Kasich’s approval ratings dropped after he lost a 2011 collective-bargaining battle against public employee unions, but FitzGerald’s weakened campaign was unable to serve as an effective mouthpiece to remind voters of that and push other Democratic issues.

Kasich ran on his record of job creation and his efforts to rein in Ohio government spending and cut taxes.

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