Is former Attorney General Richard Cordray running for governor?

Despite an already crowded field, there’s one possible gubernatorial candidate who might step into the race to run Ohio.

Richard Cordray is the only high-profile Democrat that can win the Ohio governor’s race, according to columnist Brent Larkin.

“For Democrats in Ohio, it’s difficult to imagine a more important election than the 2018 contest for governor,” Larkin said. “Yet another humiliating defeat for the party that’s lost six of the last seven gubernatorial races might just finish the Democrats as a competitive force in off-year elections.”

Larkin said Democrats need two things to win the 2018 election, or they’ll get crushed by the Republican candidate - someone with star quality, and someone who can raise a minimum of $20 million to run a race.

Cordray was a former state attorney general, winning an off-year race in 2008 before losing in 2010 to current attorney general Mike DeWine.

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TRUMP MET WITH PUTIN TWICE AT G-20: Pairing off with another world leader is bad manners at the G-20 meetings and a slight against diplomatic protocol, but it didn't keep President Trump and Russian President Putin doing it not just once, but twice, the second meeting lasting two hours and private according to an AP report citing political scientist Ian Bremmer.

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