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GOP Party Chair Kevin Dewine Resigns

Ohio's Republican party chairman has announced he's stepping down just two weeks after GOP leaders in seven of the state's largest counties asked him resign.

Kevin DeWine says he's leaving his post April 13 when a successor will be elected. He says he will remain on the state central committee.

In a letter to party officials Wednesday night, DeWine said "factions within our party" are fighting over who is best to provide leadership. He says that fight could become a "party-splitting dispute that no one will win and everyone will lament."

On March 20, party leaders said a rift between DeWine and elected Republicans had become "untenable and irreconcilable." DeWine blamed allies of Republican Gov. John Kasich .

DeWine's two-year term was to end in January.