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Richard Cordray, Mike DeWine to face off in Ohio gubernatorial election

Richard Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, defeated former Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio.

He will face the winner of the Republican primary, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, in November. The Associated Press called the race for Cordray with only 2 percent of precincts reporting, when he had 64 percent of the vote compared to Kucinich's 23 percent. Cordray is a former Ohio state attorney general, treasurer, and state legislator.

DeWine won the GOP nomination over Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and he previously faced off against Cordray in the 2010 attorney general race, with DeWine victorious. "There's no magic bullet for winning the state of Ohio," state Rep. David Leland (D), a Cordray supporter, told Politico. "It's hard work. It's reaching people. It's connecting with people on issues that are important to them. That's a hard tough slog that either candidate is going to have to do if they're going to be successful."