The Latest: Husted in governor’s race, touts conservatism


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Republican Jon Husted’s run for Ohio governor (all times local):

7:30 a.m.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) is positioning himself in an announcement ad for governor as a pro-gun, pro-family values conservative.

The Republican says his family “would firmly fit in Hillary Clinton’s ‘basket of deplorables.'” Clinton used the reference in her presidential campaign against Donald Trump, whom Husted voted for.

The 49-year-old Husted is a former state senator and Ohio House speaker. He’s in his second term as the battleground state’s elections chief, where he’s drawn criticism at times from voting rights advocates.

He becomes the second Republican to join the 2018 gubernatorial field to replace GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), who’s term-limited.

His announcement Sunday at the University of Dayton, his alma mater, is being followed by a campaign tour across the state.

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7 a.m.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) is entering the race for Ohio governor.

The Republican becomes the second candidate to join the 2018 GOP field in what is expected to be a crowded race to replace GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), who’s term-limited.

His announcement Sunday at the University of Dayton, his alma mater, is being followed by a campaign tour across the state. Stops include Williams and Licking counties, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chillicothe, Washington Court House and Circleville.

The 49-year-old Husted is a former state senator and Ohio House speaker. He’s in his second term as the battleground state’s elections chief, where he’s drawn criticism at times from voting rights advocates.

He joins U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) in seeking the Republican nomination.