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Ohio ex-official Blackwell backs GOP's Taylor for governor

Former Ohio secretary of state and pro-Donald Trump conservative Ken Blackwell is supporting Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor's bid for governor

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    Ken Blackwell, the Family Research Council’s senior fellow for human rights and constitutional governance, speaks during a news conference after attending a Conversation on America's Future with Donald Trump and Ben Carson sponsored by United in Purpose in New York on June 21, 2016. Blackwell, a former Ohio secretary of state, former Ohio state treasurer, former Cincinnati mayor and Ohio’s first black nominee for governor, is supporting Mary Taylor in her bid for governor.

    MARY ALTAFFER / AP FILE

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CINCINNATI — Former Ohio secretary of state and pro-Donald Trump conservative Ken Blackwell is supporting Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s bid for governor.

Blackwell calls Taylor and her running mate, Nathan Estruth, part of a “new generation of strong conservative leaders.” Estruth was a longtime executive for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co.

Blackwell is a former Cincinnati mayor who served on Trump’s presidential transition team after the 2016 election. He was the unsuccessful GOP nominee for governor in 2006.

After changes this month in the 2018 field of candidates for governor, the Taylor-Estruth ticket faces GOP Attorney General Mike DeWine and running mate Jon Husted on the Republican side. Five Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination for governor.

Second-term Republican Gov. John Kasich is term-limited.



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