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Poll: Cordray leads DeWine by 6 points in Ohio governor race

Poll: Cordray leads DeWine by 6 points in Ohio governor race
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Democrat Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayDennis Kucinich jumps into race to be Cleveland mayor Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy that hampered probes of student loan companies On The Money: IRS to start monthly payments of child tax credit July 15 | One-fourth of Americans took financial hits in 2020: Fed MORE leads his Republican opponent by six points in a Suffolk University poll of the Ohio gubernatorial race released Wednesday.

The Suffolk University/Cincinnati Enquirer poll of likely midterm voters showed Cordray held the support of 46 percent of the state, while his opponent, Mike DeWine, trailed at 40 percent.

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The poll's analysts said the results indicated a lack of GOP voter enthusiasm in the state, with Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownCutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal MORE (D) leading his Republican opponent by 18 points in the same poll.

“The poll confirms our June findings that midterm voters are in a markedly different mood than they were when Ohio went for Trump in the 2016 presidential election,” said poll director David Paleologos.

"We could see low turnout among conservatives who see the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, perhaps the most consequential race, trailing by such a wide margin," he added.

The top issues in the governor's race include the state's economy and health care coverage, while education and the ongoing opioid crisis were mentioned as secondary issues.

Cordray, previously head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Obama administration, will face DeWine, Ohio's Attorney General, in November two years after Trump won the state by 8 points over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE (D).

Suffolk University's poll surveyed 500 likely Ohio voters between Oct. 4 to 8, and carries a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.