Richard Cordray wallops Denis Kucinich in brutal Ohio Democratic gubernatorial primary

Former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray won Tuesday’s primary to be the Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio, besting former presidential candidate Denis Kucinich.

The Associated Press called the race for Cordray, who served as CFPB director from 2012 to 2017, early in the night, with him leading Kucinich, a former U.S. Representative from Ohio, by nearly 40 percentage points.

The primary between Cordray and Kucinich had become a heated battle between progressives in the state and nationally. In the end, it appears the final result will not even be close.

Nationally recognized progressives had endorsed candidates on either side of the primary battle. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) endorsed Cordray, while Our Revolution, the grassroots organization that grew out of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, endorsed Kucinich. Sanders himself declined to endorse in the race.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray testifies before House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on "Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation and the CFPB Management Culture" on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29: Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew looks on as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray delivers remarks during a public meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission at the United States Treasury on June 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. The agenda focused on financial education and investment advice, as well as the intersection of financial education and legal aid. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
Richard Cordray, Director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, participates in an open meeting of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans at the Treasury Department in Washington, October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
Newly appointed CFPB Chair Richard Cordray is sworn in before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 24, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a meeting with financial regulators to receive an update on their progress in implementing Wall Street at the White House in Washington March 7, 2016. Flanking Obama are U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (L) and Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray (R). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Richard Cordray (R) after announcing that he has appointed Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during a trip to Cleveland, Ohio January 4, 2012. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law to police the market for consumer products such as credit cards and mortgages. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (C) departs following a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department in Washington October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 28: Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is photographed in his Washington office, October 28, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (L) speaks as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew (R) listens during a meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission at the Treasury Department November 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. The FLEC held a meeting on 'how to prepare more Americans to plan and take action for long-term financial goals such as retirement.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Richard Cordray (L) nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Mary Jo White, nominee for chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, are sworn in before testifying at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on March 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Cordray testified that he doesn't see a 'one-size-fits-all solution' to financial challenges and stressed the importance of transparency in the bureau's work. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
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Supporters of Cordray had pointed to Kucinich’s time as a Fox News commentator, his meetings with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and occasional praise of Donald Trump as disqualifying factors in the race.

Meanwhile, supporters of Kucinich pointed to Cordray’s support from the NRA during his time as Ohio attorney general as proof of him being unfit to run.

Cordray will face former Republican Senator and current Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in November. DeWine and Cordray previously faced off in the 2010 race for Ohio attorney general, when Dewine ousted Cordray from the position in that year’s Republican wave election.

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