Cordray leads GOP's DeWine by 5 points in Ohio governor's race: poll

Cordray leads GOP's DeWine by 5 points in Ohio governor's race: poll
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Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayOn The Money: Consumer bureau proposes scrapping borrower safeguards from payday loan rule | Negotiators running out of time to avert shutdown | Trump nominates World Bank critic as its next chief Consumer bureau proposes scrapping borrower safeguards from payday loan rule Supreme Court should do what Congress won’t: Rein in the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection MORE, the Democratic nominee for Ohio governor, holds a 5-point lead over GOP opponent Mike DeWine, according to a poll released Friday.

The survey of 789 likely voters, conducted by Gravis Marketing from Oct. 29-30, found that 48 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cordray, while 43 percent chose DeWine.

The margin of error of was 3.5 percent, and 9 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

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Cordray’s lead, less than a week before Election Day, is welcome news for Democrats eyeing major gains in a state that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE in 2016 by 8 points. Election analysts consider the race a toss-up, though Cordray has maintained leads between 3 points and 6 points other polls conducted in October.

Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general who later served as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in Washington, is vying to succeed term-limited Gov. John Kasich (R). Cordray has been endorsed by former President Obama, who appointed Cordray to lead the CFPB, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary MORE (D), chief architect of the financial watchdog agency.

DeWine defeated Cordray in 2010 to become the state's attorney general after he was ousted from his Senate seat by now-Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownPollster says current 2020 surveys like picking best picture Oscar before movies come out Shep Smith: Signing funding bill is a 'loss' for Trump no matter how it's packaged Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE (D) in 2006.

The Gravis poll also showed Brown with a 9-point lead over GOP challenger Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciGOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, ‘investigation would have wrapped up very quickly’ House Ethics Committee extends probe into Renacci Sherrod Brown says he has 'no real timetable' for deciding on 2020 presidential run MORE. Brown, a frequent subject of 2020 presidential speculation, has maintained a comfortable lead over Renacci throughout the year.