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 CordrayThe road to the White House still goes through Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan announces presidential run Sherrod Brown says he will not run for president 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 TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 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 WarrenDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Minorities, older adults push Biden to top of 2020 poll The difference between good and bad tax reform 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 BrownOn The Money: Treasury misses second Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Waters renews calls for impeachment | Dem wants Fed pick to apologize for calling Ohio cities 'armpits of America' | Stocks reach record high after long recovery Sherrod Brown asks Trump Fed pick why he referred to Cleveland, Cincinnati as 'armpits of America' Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates 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.