Backing of male voters and rural areas helped drive DeWine's win in governor's race

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Mike DeWine defeated Richard Cordray to win the Ohio governor's race (WSYx/WTTE)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Republican Mike DeWine won Ohio's governor race with the backing of men and older voters, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

As voters cast ballots for governor, U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that DeWine also won a big share of the vote in the state's small towns and rural areas.

Here's a snapshot of who voted and why in Ohio, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 139,000 voters and nonvoters -- including 3,842 voters and 687 nonvoters in the state of Ohio -- conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.