AP calls governor races for DeWine, Cordray

AP calls governor races for DeWine, Cordray

AP calls governor races for DeWine, Cordray

Richard Cordray has won the Democratic spot in the race for OH governor, according to the Associated Press.

OH gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich on the Democratic primary race.

"Jon Husted and I are the ticket with innovative ideas", he said. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and several major labor unions, dominated across OH, even in Kucinich's home of Cuyahoga county.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hand-picked Cordray, a former OH attorney general, to run the CFPB and raised money for his campaign.

Kucinich's efforts were ultimately hurt by revelations he had taken a $20,000 speaking fee from a group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

With 90 percent of precincts counted, Cordray had won more than 62 percent of the Democratic vote statewide, compared with Kucinich's 22 percent.

Turner and Glover implored OH voters at an appearance Monday with Kucinich to support what they characterized as transformational change over the pragmatism of "establishment Democrats".

DeWine defeated Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor - a candidate adamant on fighting the establishment, according to unofficial results Tuesday evening.

Cordray's victory buoys Democratic hopes of reclaiming control of a critical battleground state, where Kasich is term-limited. His running mate, Betty Sutton, is a former U.S. Representative from Ohio's 13th district.

Republicans hope to hold on to the seat held by Kasich, a two-term governor and 2016 presidential contender.

DeWine, who is now Ohio's attorney general, said drug education is one of his priorities to curtail the opioid epidemic. And Cordray lost a four-way Democratic primary in 2000 for the seat held by DeWine, who was in his first Senate term.

Cordray led Kucinich by about 10,000 votes as of 8 p.m. Cordray's early lead was not a good sign for Kucinich's insurgent campaign, which heavily relied on his Northeast Ohio roots, especially his 16-year career on Congress serving the city's west side.

Cordray's nomination beats out former Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich, Joe Schiavoni, Bill O'Neill, Paul Ray and Larry Ealy.

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