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In the middle of the country, in a moderate, swing-state, Democratic voters have an active, vibrant primary on their hands.
Four Democratic candidates have been battling to prove their progressive credentials in Ohio as they contend for their party’s nomination in the upcoming gubernatorial race this fall. Their primary showdown will likely be one of the more closely-watched contests Tuesday night as primary voters in four East Coast and Midwest states head to the polls.
The former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Democrat Richard Cordray, and former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, have been snagging most of the headlines and high-profile endorsements in the race as of late.
Cordray threw his name in the ring early on and has enjoyed steadfast support from Massachusetts’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who helped form the CFPB and hand-picked Cordray for the job. Warren campaigned for Cordray in Ohio this spring and talked about him as a valued colleague.
“In Ohio, Rich isn't going to be on the ballot alone," Warren wrote in a fundraising email for Cordray last fall. “The consumer agency will be there right along with him. There will be a lot of people who take shots at the agency to undermine Rich. I want to make sure he has the resources he needs to fight back and defend the agency.”