FitzGerald gets Dem challenger in bid for Ohio gov

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A little-known Democrat from the Dayton area has qualified for the May ballot, creating a gubernatorial primary in Ohio.

The state's top election official said Tuesday that Larry Ealy and his running mate Ken Gray got the signatures needed to appear on May 6 ballots.

Earlier this month, the candidates for governor submitted petitions with signatures of 1,000 registered voters that had to be verified by elections officials.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been campaigning for months to be the Democratic nominee for governor. Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) said the Democrat also qualified for May's ballot.

The Republican primary field was clear for first-term Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) after a potential tea party challenge fell through earlier.

Third-party challenger, Libertarian Charlie Earl, also qualified.