COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald easily won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday, setting up a high-stakes showdown this fall with incumbent Republican John Kasich.
FitzGerald’s defeat of Larry Ellis Ealy had been expected. Ealy was a little-known high-school dropout with little campaign cash who said he hatched his plan to run for office from a jail cell.
FitzGerald, 45, of Lakewood, is the county executive in Cuyahoga County, the state’s most populous Democratic stronghold. He’s a former FBI agent, mayor and prosecutor tapped to clean up county government after a corruption scandal.