The Ohio Governor’s race between Democrat Richard Cordray, left, and Republican Mike DeWine, right, is tight with only a few weeks to go until the midterm elections.
Ohio’s economy is strong, after eight years of Republican domination in a state that went decisively for the GOP two years ago, while the democratic candidate for Governor up on unusual bonds is facing a new dust-to a politically connected ad firm.
Nevertheless, the Governor’s race in Ohio between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray is tight, which is one of the hottest presidential battlegrounds in the country-twice for George W. Bush is historically, twice for Barack Obama and crucial for Donald Trump.
If polling is not done, since June, the Real Clear Politics average Cordray, the former head of the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a 1.6-percent advantage over DeWine, the state attorney General and former U.S. senator.
Fox News Power Rankings, and Interior options give DeWine has a slight lead, while the cook Political report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball, call the contest a toss-up.
The race is a race is a rematch from the 2010 attorney general’s, whom DeWine defeated incumbent Cordray.
Obama himself stumped on the last Thursday in Cleveland for the man he ordered to have the CFPB run.
“Rich was one of the first people to support my candidacy for President,” Obama said of Cordray. “He had my back, if some of you are probably, also my name is to pronounce, and if you choose him, you have a Governor of your back every day.”
In the same night, Donald Trump Jr, was the main speaker at a private fundraiser for DeWine in Salem, Ohio.
Cordray, the former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton to be his Lieutenant Governor was a knock, if victorious, while the Ohio Secretary of state Jon Husted is running for the number two spot under DeWine.
Husted said he’s not surprised the race is close, but believes that the voters recognize how Ohio has changed since the days of Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who served, if Cordray, the state’s attorney general and treasurer.
“Open seats in Ohio are always competitive, but a majority of Ohioans feel that we are on the right way,” Husted told Fox News. “The unemployment is almost at record lows … Under Cordray-Strickland, employers were people entlaesst. Now the employers have so many jobs that you can’t find enough people to fill them.”
But the state’s GOP faces a gap between Trump and two-term Gov. John Kasich, the healed, never fully, after the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
“We are trying to earn the support of all of you, and welcome the support of both the President and the Governor,” Husted added. “The choice of Mike DeWine as a Governor is one of the few things that agree with the President and the Governor.”
The Trump Kasich parts is not helping the GOP, which a single party in a competitive race, said Nathaniel Swigger, a political science professor at Ohio State University.
“Kasich is still relatively popular with the independents, but you can’t talk about him,” Swigger Fox News said. “If you are the Trump voters, are trying to mobilize, you risk demobilization Kasich voters. If you try to mobilize, the Kasich voters, you risk a demobilization of the trump voters.”
DeWine sees cap, his resume, after he was in the state legislature, the representation of the state in the U.S. house, as lieutenant governor and then two terms in the U.S. Senate. He lost to Democrat Sherrod Brown in 2006 during a Democratic wave.
Cordray, state treasurer, was elected in 2006, then a special election in 2008, won the state attorney general. He lost to DeWine in 2010. Obama appointed him to head the CFPB in 2012, where he served until the end of 2017.
Although the Republicans are suspicious of the consumer Bureau because of its expansive force, Cordray has sought to use the issue to his advantage.
“This week, 10 years ago, a financial crisis crushed Ohioans, resulting in the loss of jobs and homes,” Cordray tweeted Tuesday. “My opponent votes Wall Street run free and take advantage of people on the Main Street. Now he is accusing me! I went to work and cleaned up the mess that he and his allies made.”
Hours before the Obama rally Thursday, the Associated Press, Cordray reported, hired the Governor’s elections campaign, the Washington-based GMMB advertising company-the same company commissioned the CFPB, under Cordray.
The consumers office of inspector general found in June of the contract from August 2013 to February 2018 has been estimated to cost taxpayers $11 million and ballooned to $43.8 million because of poor management.
Ohio Republicans alleged nepotism for a company that was also the lead Agency for both of Obama’s election campaigns. The Cordray campaign responded, it was average nothing improper about the company’s work for the CFPB, or the campaign.
“Rich Cordray is proud of the work that he had to take to the CFPB, predatory lenders, and $had cheated 12 billion back in the pockets of 30 million Americans, or abused,” Cordray spokesman Mike Gwin told the Associated Press. “It is not surprising that the same powerful interests are now smeared with false and debunked, to distort in order to try to be rich record for the middle-class families.”
Still, Swigger, Ohio State University, doubt the average voter is to the CFPB.
“There is no data on how the voters feel about the CFPB. It is a little in baseball is said,” Swigger. “I would be surprised if a majority of Ohio voters also know what Richard Cordray is the last job was.”
Fred Lucas is the White house correspondent for the Daily Signal.