Ex-CFPB Director Cordray Wins Ohio Democratic Governor Primary

Governor's fight highlights Ohio primary election

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has won the Republican primary for governor, sending one of the state's best-known politicians into the fall contest to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

"We move forward in the interests of the people of OH and in the interests of the people all across the country who want Democrats to stand for Medicare for all, universal, single-payer, not-for-profit healthcare", Kucinich said.

A poll last month showed Cordray leading in the primary. Considering Ohio has been leaning right in past elections, Cordray could use those former credentials to his advantage to pull some conservatives away from DeWine in the voting booth this fall. "Rich Cordray has spent his life fighting for consumers and middle-class families against powerful interests, and that's how he's going to govern".

For example, in 2003 comedian Jon Stewart mocked Kucinich's campaign in the Democratic presidential primary for saying he would be open to appointing a transgender person to the Supreme Court. Cordray's buttoned up, mild-mannered exterior made him vulnerable to a primary opponent who comes in a more stereotypically firebrand package.

Karen Boddie, 58, a Columbus-based Ph.D. student, said she would vote for Kucinich, "but I really respect Cordray, I would be fine if he wins".

Kucinich was also among the first people to advocate for marijuana legalization and single-payer health care, but Kucinich's penchant for taking bold stances outside the Democratic mainstream has also landed him in hot water with some progressives. Sanders himself did not support either candidate. But Cordray has been critical of the lack of transparency at JobsOhio, which DeWine supports, but has also said should be more transparent.

However Kucinich's sturdy problem was harm by revelations that he had taken a $20,000 talking payment from a bunch sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad, regardless of saying he'd return the cash and arguing, "the aim of the convention was to convey peace and reconciliation to Syria, to not assist the present regime".

On the other hand, Democratic Party officials in the state argued their Republican counterparts suffered some bruising and divisive primaries.

The party has said it plans to spend money and compete in more races than ever before this year, and where Democrats are looking to expand the map, they're nominating qualified candidates that can do just that.

The general election will feature a match-up OH has seen before.

Four main Democrats and two Republicans are running for governor.