The open party gubernatorial primary races are now devolving into lesser events. When Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted joined together to form a unified ticket, all of the air seemed to elapse from what was a contested campaign. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor remains in the race, but she is quickly becoming a non-factor. The Ohio Republican Party leadership, for example, officially endorsed Mr. DeWine on a 59-2 vote, as reported here yesterday.
Yesterday, we witnessed another Democratic candidate falling in line behind former Attorney General Richard Cordray. Previously, ex-US Rep. Betty Sutton ended her gubernatorial effort and agreed to form a ticket with Mr. Cordray. Now, state Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Cincinnati) has ended her own statewide operation. Ms. Pillich announced in a joint event with Mr. Cordray that she will support the unified Democratic ticket. Remaining in the race are state Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Mahoning Valley), former state Supreme Court Justice Bob O’Neill, and ex-US Representative and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland).
A DeWine-Cordray campaign would be a re-run of the 2010 race the two ran against each other for Attorney General. In that election, Mr. DeWine won a 47-46% victory, unseating then-incumbent Cordray.
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