Poll says Ohio governor race too close to call between Cordray, DeWine


The race for Ohio governor between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is too close to call, a new independent poll released Wednesday shows.

The Quinnipiac University poll says support for Cordray stands at 42-percent while DeWine trails him by just 2 percentage points.

“The closeness between Richard Cordray and Attorney General Mike DeWine should not be surprising, since this race for governor is a re-run of the race between the two men in 2010 for the attorney general’s job that DeWine won by one percentage point,” Quinnipiac Poll assistant director Peter Brown said in a written statement.

The latest polls caused political predictor Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball to move the race to the “toss-up” category.

Generally, DeWine has strong support among men, whites and Republicans, the poll found. Cordray’s strength is with women, non-whites and Democrats, the pollsters found. Independent voters are closely divided with 39 percent backing Cordray and 37 percent for DeWine.

Related: FBI investigation, Trump may factor into Ohio governor’s race

Roughly half of Ohio voters say they don’t know enough about Cordray to have an opinion about him. Twenty-seven percent of voters don’t know DeWine. Both men have been on the statewide ballot multiple times stretching back decades.

Related: Dems want to pin blame for ECOT on GOP in the fall election

Republicans have held the Ohio governor’s office for 24 of the last 27 years and currently Ohio Democrats have just one statewide officeholder — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Election day is still five months away, giving plenty of time for the candidates to land punches, issues to come into clear focus and voters to firm up their picks.

Related: What’s next? DeWine versus Cordray fight for Ohio

A Suffolk University poll conducted for the Cincinnati Enquirer and released Tuesday showed Cordray with 43 percent, DeWine with 36 percent and 16 percent of likely voters undecided. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

DeWine and Cordray each are coming off bruising primary battles to capture their party nominations for governor.

DeWine scored a congratulatory tweet from President Trump that said in part: “He will be a great Governor with a heavy focus on HealthCare and Jobs. His Socialist opponent in November should not do well, a big failure in last job!”

Trump, who won Ohio in 2016 by 8 points, has a 54 percent job approval rating in the state. Ninety-one percent of Republicans approve while 94 percent of Democrats disapprove and 57 percent of independents disapprove.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted June 7 to June 12, contacted 1,082 Ohio voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.


Reader Comments


Next Up in News

Johnson & Johnson stock tanks amid report company knew since ‘70s its baby powder contained asbestos 
Johnson & Johnson stock tanks amid report company knew since ‘70s its baby powder contained asbestos 

Johnson & Johnson has promoted its baby powder as a safe and gentle product for use on babies and adults even as the company knew for decades that the product contains carcinogens, according to an investigation by Reuters. >> Read more trending news  Company reports, internal memos as well as trial and deposition documents indicate that...
Mueller investigation: Special counsel files rebuttal to Michael Flynn sentencing memo
Mueller investigation: Special counsel files rebuttal to Michael Flynn sentencing memo

Special counsel Robert Mueller urged a judge to reject arguments made by attorneys for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn ahead of his sentencing next week, writing Friday in a court filing that, “the seriousness of the defendant’s offense cannot be called into question.” “The Court...
High school senior gives friend with special needs perfect gift for Christmas
High school senior gives friend with special needs perfect gift for Christmas

An Arizona high school senior has brought a bit of holiday cheer to one of his friends and schoolmates, a sophomore at Maricopa High School. Jake Marr had become friends with Matthew Sabetta. Jake is the senior and Matthew is the 10th-grader, who happens to have William’s Syndrome, KPHO reported.  William’s syndrome is a genetic condition...
Report: Man who fatally stabbed brother 93 times in 2013 found ‘irrestorably incompetent’
Report: Man who fatally stabbed brother 93 times in 2013 found ‘irrestorably incompetent’

Two New Orleans psychiatrists have found a man who stabbed his brother 93 times before placing his body under a burning mattress in 2013 “irrestorably incompetent” to stand trial and recommended he be committed to a psychiatric hospital.  Ian Broyard, 27, is accused of murder and tampering with evidence in the Nov. 6, 2013, stabbing...
Chris Christie asks Trump not to consider him for chief of staff role
Chris Christie asks Trump not to consider him for chief of staff role

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, rumored to be President Donald Trump’s top pick to fill the chief of staff role once John Kelly exits later this year, said Friday that he’s asked Trump not to consider him for the post. "It's an honor to have the President consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief-of-staff,"...
More Stories