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Friday, May 4, 2018

Cordray's Lead over Kucinich Widens in Most Recent Baldwin-Wallace Poll

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 12:45 PM

click to enlarge Richard Cordray, speaking at the Lakewood Women's Pavilion, (3/29/2018). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Richard Cordray, speaking at the Lakewood Women's Pavilion, (3/29/2018).
Days before the May 8 primary election, Baldwin-Wallace University has published the results of an online poll conducted Apr. 24 - May 2. It shows that while a significant percentage of Ohio voters remain undecided, Richard Cordray's lead over challenger Dennis Kucinich in the Democratic race for Governor is widening.

Of the 333 self-identifying Democrats polled, 31 percent said they were considering voting for Cordray, the former Ohio Attorney General and head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Only 15 percent said they'd vote for Kucinich, the former Cleveland Mayor, U.S. Congressman and Fox News contributor. State Senator Joe Schiavoni and former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill "Hayloft" O'Neill were favored by seven percent and six percent of the respondents, respectively. More than 40 percent (41.1%) remained unsure.

Cordray has always been the presumed favorite, but faced early stiff competition from Kucinich. After the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Kucinich's plan to ban assault weapons and his highly publicized "F" rating from the NRA — in stark contrast to Cordray's "A" — resonated with voters hungry for aggressive policy solutions to gun violence.

In recent weeks, however, Kucinich's unshakable connections to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, including his initial failure to disclose the source of a $20,000 speaking fee, has overtaken the coverage of the race. (The funds came from a human-rights nonprofit sympathetic to the Syrian regime.)

On the Republican side, via the BW poll, roughly half of the respondents preferred DeWine, a quarter preferred Mary Taylor, and a quarter were undecided.

Of the 811 total respondents, nearly 60 percent were female and 88 percent were white. Distribution across age, educational attainment and household income was wide and fairly even. Thirty-six percent were between the ages of 45 and 64.  (Full results available here.)

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