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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine re-elected to second term, NBC News projects

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has secured a second term, NBC News projects, defeating Democratic challenger Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton. DeWine, 75, is a fixture of the state’s Republican establishment whose leadership in the early days of the pandemic earned admiration from independents and Democrats. As he ran for re-election, …

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Maura Healey wins Massachusetts governor’s race, NBC News projects; first lesbian elected to lead a state

Democrat Maura Healey is the projected winner of Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race, defeating Republican Geoff Diehl and making history as the first out lesbian to be elected governor, NBC News projected. Healey is the state’s attorney general, and Diehl is a former state representative who co-chaired former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Massachusetts. Healey’s win …

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Retailer group projects slower growth in holiday sales

The nation’s largest retail trade group expects holiday sales growth to slow to a range of 6% to 8%, compared with the blistering 13.5% growth of a year ago. The National Retail Federation on Thursday characterized the projected holiday sales as “healthy” but noted that many consumers will need to turn to savings and credit …

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