Ohio voters set up one of the year’s marquee gubernatorial races on Tuesday, pitting Democrat Richard Cordray, who ran a financial watchdog under President Barack Obama, against longtime state attorney general Mike DeWine.
With 2 percent of precincts reporting, Cordray had secured 63.4 percent of the Democratic primary vote over former Congressman Dennis Kucinich and four other candidates. DeWine had won 64.7 percent of the vote over Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, in a race that became a bitter test of which Republican was more like President Trump.
“The top candidates on our side are capable of running good races,” said Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper. “The negative primary on the Republican side has really cost them.”
At one point, the Democratic race was expected to be a cakewalk for Cordray, former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Instead, Kucinich tried to make the election a referendum on gun control, universal health care and criminal justice reform, attacking Cordray as a “Republican-lite” candidate who had once been backed by the National Rifle Association and refused to support a ban on firearms considered assault weapons.
“Republican-lite,” said the literal Trump apologist.
One thing about this race is that Our Revolution — which is not representative of the typical Sanders voter — showed its whole ass. If you endorse Kucinich over Cordray, all of your guff about being tough on Wall Street being your #1 issue and (in the case of Nina Turner) the reason you couldn’t support Clinton in the general election has been dispositively exposed as bullshit, and making gun control your deal-breaker just compounds the bad faith. It’s pure identity politics in the pejorative sense. It’s a nest of frauds and charlatans, and the leftward shift of the Democratic “establishment” will render them even less influential.
Meanwhile, it looks like Blankenship will finish third in WVA, and Morrissey winning is probably a decent outcome for Manchin anyway. Oh yeah — oddly enough, despite the well-known socialist tilt of the West Virginia electorate Manchine had a nice 69% of the vote at press time. Weird. I assume the explanation as that some random guy had a dumb idea for smearing Swearengin he expressed in an email that everyone else ignored, and completely upended the race.
…Morrisey declared the winner. According to the epistemology of Mitch McConnell, this means that Blankenship’s comments about his wife can now be declared racist. Please update your records accordingly.