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Bennett Could Replace DeWine As Ohio GOP Chairman

One of the most successful and longest-serving Republican party chairmen in Ohio could return to the job.

Franklin County GOP chairman Doug Preisse (PRY'-se) said Thursday that Bob Bennett has indicated a willingness to take over for Ohio Republican Party chairman Kevin DeWine.

DeWine announced Wednesday night that he's leaving his post April 13, when a successor will be elected.

DeWine's decision comes as allies of Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) had recruited a slate of challengers to the party's governing body, who they had believed would support DeWine's ouster.

Preisse, a Kasich ally, says Bennett is best equipped to immediately take over the reins ahead of the fall presidential election.

A message seeking comment was left for Bennett.

Bennett served as Ohio's GOP chairman from 1988 until 2009.