Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) and former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (D) will face off this November for control of the governor's mansion in the key swing state of Ohio.
A former consumer watchdog under President Barack Obama pushed into the final days of an unexpectedly close Democratic gubernatorial primary in OH against an ex-congressman with a catchy populist slogan.
But Cordray, who had the backing of the popular Sen.
Meanwhile, Obama-era consumer agency head Richard Cordray has won the Democratic nomination for OH governor despite a surprisingly rigorous challenge from former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.
Kucinich said there are approximately 300,000 votes that remain to be counted and he'll have a better idea of the outcome when several counties finalize their total voter tally.
"There's not a left or right approach", he said.
His running mate is Betty Sutton.
"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.
National Democratic groups have identified the OH governor's race as one of their top target races for 2018, and have already spent millions on digital and TV ads. With voter turnout potentially low, Schiavoni's popularity in his native Mahoning Valley and O'Neill's support from a pro-marijuana legalization group threw further wrenches into Cordray's chances for an easy victory.
The 71-year-old DeWine is a moderate Republican who served two terms in the U.S. Senate.
On the Republican side, Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine is facing off against the state's Lieutenant Governor, Mary Taylor. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and several major labor unions, dominated across OH, even in Kucinich's home of Cuyahoga county.