Tue., 4:01pm: Tax scandal sidelines Dem. Lt. Gov. candidate in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Facing large tax liens, the Democratic lieutenant governor candidate in Ohio drops out of race.

Ohio Democrats were struggling to defuse the fallout from a 2014 lieutenant governor candidate Sen. Eric Kearney’s hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal and business liens without alienating key groups, including black voters, powerful politicians and contributors.

Seasoned Democratic strategist Gerald Austin was among those who believed Kearney must leave the ticket of gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. He said Tuesday that every day Kearney remains in the race benefits Republican Gov. John Kasich’s chances of re-election.

Kearney moments ago dropped out of the race.