Jerry sitting out 2018 Ohio governor's race

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) TV talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer has decided to stay out of the 2018 Ohio governor's race.

WLWT-TV reports Springer announced his decision in his weekly podcast Wednesday.

The 73-year-old former anchorman has hosted "The Jerry Springer Show" for 26 years.

Springer says as "a husband, father and grandfather," he wasn't ready for a five-year commitment of campaigning and serving. 

A half dozen other Democrats are running or considering runs for the 2018 nomination.

Springer ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic governor nomination in 1982 and has contemplated other statewide runs in more recent years.

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