Richard Cordray, the former head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, won the Democratic nomination for governor of OH on Tuesday, fending off a challenge from former presidential candidate and House member Dennis Kucinich. He highlighted his work on behalf of consumers with former President Barack Obama and Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, who helped conceive and set up the CFPB and campaigned for Cordray in the state last month.
"Rich Cordray and Betty Sutton are the right ticket to win back OH", said DGA Chairman Jay Inslee. Term-limited John Kasich is popular statewide, but his approval among Republicans is a fairly tepid 55 percent. Both Hagan and Gonzalez aligned themselves with Republican President Donald Trump on issues such as building a border wall. DeWine, the party's endorsed candidate, has walked a more careful line on Trump in anticipation of needing to win a statewide election in politically divided OH in November.
Five Republicans are battling to see who will take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen.
Cordray, 59, defeated Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and Cleveland mayor, and four other candidates for the party's nomination, according to the Associated Press. His running mate, Jon Husted, is Ohio's Secretary of State.
DeWine is a former US senator who ousted Cordray from the attorney general post in 2010. The remaining Democratic candidates are Larry Ealy, Bill O'Neill, Paul Ray and Joe Schiavoni. And Cordray lost a four-way Democratic primary in 2000 for the seat held by DeWine, who was in his first Senate term.
"What's important for us to do is to present a vision and to give people confidence that we can get results for them and improve their lives", he said.
O'Neill said he called Cordray on Tuesday and pledged his support in the upcoming election.