By JULIE CARR SMYTH
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - In the timeline of politics, Ohio's next statewide election is just around the corner.
For Republicans, that means working to avert a collision in 2018 among three high-profile gubernatorial hopefuls: Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.
For out-of-power Democrats, the challenge is even trickier: Finding any candidate with the political clout and statewide name recognition to win.
Ex-Attorney General Richard Cordray would be among the Democrats' top possibilities should Republicans in Washington succeed in firing him as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Talk-show host Jerry Springer also is considering a run. So are U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, and former state Rep. Connie Pillich.
Republican Gov. John Kasich cannot run for re-election because of term limits.