Richard Cordray Beats Dennis Kucinich in Ohio Democratic Primary

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Current representative for Ohio's 3rd congressional district Joyce Beatty, who ran uncontested, will face republican Jim Burgess, who took almost 100 percent of the vote (94 percent) against his opponent Abdulkadir Haji. When news broke Tuesday night of Cordray winning the nomination, the Democratic Governor's Association said they were confident they could flip the seat blue in November.

Cordray had been the Democratic frontrunner since leaving the CFPB to run for office again in OH, where he had previously served as attorney general, treasurer and a state legislator.

Cordray constantly sparred with Trump while head of the CFPB, the federal consumer watchdog office. "But I'm proud of the campaign that we ran I mean we had a great young team that ran across the state with me for 18 months and inspired people".

On paper, Cordray has progressive credentials tailor made for the anti-elite sentiment of the Trump era. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to protect consumers from unfair and predatory lenders.

"And the things we stand for could not be more different", Cordray said. In long-shot presidential campaigns in 2004 and 2008, Kucinich ran on single-payer health care, marriage equality, tuition-free college, and getting out of the Iraq War-before these positions were cool. Sanders himself did not support either candidate.


Kucinich has challenged Cordray for supporting gun rights and campaigned to his left on such issues as civil rights and environmental protection.

With support from conservative and Tea Party groups, Taylor pledges to support Republican President Donald Trump's agenda and to roll back Medicaid expansion. "The negative primary on the Republican side has really cost them". Pat Tiberi (TEE'-behr-ee) and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see).

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".

But Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper pointed out that Mr. DeWine had the advantages of the state GOP's endorsement and money while the ODP did not endorse or spend money on behalf of a particular candidate. What remains to be seen is whether or not that split is unique to OH or has the potential to expand to progressive primaries across the country. The November election will offer a rematch between the candidates, who last squared off in 2010 when Cordray lost his re-election bid as attorney general to DeWine by a two-point margin.

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