Richard Cordray Wins Democratic Primary For Ohio Governor
Former Consumer Financial Bureau director Richard Cordray has won the Democratic primary for Ohio governor.
With below 5 percent of precincts reporting, Cordray and his running mate Betty Sutton captured a dominating majority, with over 60 percent of the vote. Tuesday's win by the former consumer watchdog, who was boosted by Obama and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, buoys Democratic hopes of reclaiming control of a critical battleground state.
Cordray faced five opponents in the primary: former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Ohio Supreme Court justice Bill O'Neill, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Paul E. Ray and Larry E. Ealy.
Kucinich posed the toughest challenge to Cordray. The feisty former nine-term U.S. Representative and Cleveland mayor energized voters with an anti-gun, pro-environment platform. He attacked Cordray as an "establishment Democrat" willing to compromise his principles to special interests.
On the Republican side, Mike DeWine bested Mary Taylor for the party's nomination. You can view their primary results here.
The below tallies will update as soon as votes come in. We're also liveblogging the results elsewhere on the site.