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 CordrayWatchdog agency must pick a side: Consumers or scammers Kraninger's CFPB gives consumers the tools to help themselves House rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau 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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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 WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate 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 BrownDemocrat Sherrod Brown torches Facebook at hearing: 'They broke journalism, helped incite a genocide' Trump puts hopes for Fed revolution on unconventional candidate Budowsky: Harris attacked Biden, helped Trump MORE (D) in 2006.

The Gravis poll also showed Brown with a 9-point lead over GOP challenger Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciMedicare for All won't deliver what Democrats promise GOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, 'investigation would have wrapped up very quickly' House Ethics Committee extends probe into Renacci MORE. Brown, a frequent subject of 2020 presidential speculation, has maintained a comfortable lead over Renacci throughout the year.