The final Ohio governor’s debate is tonight. Here’s what to know and how to watch live.

October 8, 2018

The final Ohio governor’s debate is tonight. Here’s what to know and how to watch live.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s crunch time in the Ohio governor’s race on Monday as Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray face off in the final gubernatorial debate in the run-up to the Nov. 6 election.

The two candidates running to succeed term-limited Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich will meet tonight at Cleveland State University. The debate starts at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Ohio Debate Commission, a group of scholarly organizations, news outlets and civic groups aimed at securing debates among statewide debates. Cleveland.com/Advance Ohio are among the founding members of the Ohio Debate commission.

The public radio and television’s Statehouse News Bureau’s Karen Kasler, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jackie Borchardt and Columbus 10TV News anchor Jerry Revish will moderate the hourlong forum.

Cleveland.com will livestream the debate as well pre-and post-debate analysis in conjunction with Spectrum News. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. The livestream is posted above.

The race between DeWine and Cordray – two candidates widely considered boring – has turned into arguably the ugliest and most hotly contested matchup in the state. Democrats are looking to Cordray to take back the governor’s office for only the second time since 1990, while Republicans are hoping to hold on to control in the age of Republican President Donald Trump.

The race is especially important given lawmakers will redraw congressional and legislative district lines in 2021.

Public polling consistently shows a tight race between DeWine and Cordray, who, along with political PACs, have blanketed the state’s airwaves with campaign commercials. 

The race has also been marked by divisive issues like health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and Issue 1, the ballot initiative aiming to reduce sentences for low-level drug crimes.

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Richard Cordray on the Ohio Matters podcast 

Mike DeWine on the Ohio Matters podcast  

First debate recap: Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray duke it out in first Ohio governor’s race debate

Second debate recap: Richard Cordray, Mike DeWine assail each other in second Ohio governor debate

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are now in a proxy war for the heart of Ohio 

Richard Cordray is pursuing an unlikely constituency: John Kasich voters 

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