Ohio Official Rebuffs Idea of Challenging Kasich

Dec 7, 2012

Ohio's elections chief has squelched rumors he might be preparing to challenge Gov. John Kasich in a Republican primary two years from now.

Secretary of State Jon Husted told reporters Thursday that if he runs for anything in 2014 it would be for re-election to his current job, where he oversees business filings and elections in the battleground state.

The 45-year-old Husted has served as state senator and speaker of the Ohio House. He's widely mentioned as an eventual contender for the governorship.    

His remarks came at a news conference held to certify results of the 2012 election, including Democratic President Barack Obama's victory in Ohio.

Husted said deciding his political future is less a priority this week than wrapping up the election and being with his family.