Roughly half of Ohio voters say they don’t know enough about Cordray to have an opinion about him. Twenty-seven percent of voters don’t know DeWine. Both men have been on the statewide ballot multiple times stretching back decades.
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Republicans have held the Ohio governor’s office for 24 of the last 27 years and currently Ohio Democrats have just one statewide officeholder — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Election day is still five months away, giving plenty of time for the candidates to land punches, issues to come into clear focus and voters to firm up their picks.
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A Suffolk University poll conducted for the Cincinnati Enquirer and released Tuesday showed Cordray with 43 percent, DeWine with 36 percent and 16 percent of likely voters undecided. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
DeWine and Cordray each are coming off bruising primary battles to capture their party nominations for governor.
DeWine scored a congratulatory tweet from President Trump that said in part: “He will be a great Governor with a heavy focus on HealthCare and Jobs. His Socialist opponent in November should not do well, a big failure in last job!”
Trump, who won Ohio in 2016 by 8 points, has a 54 percent job approval rating in the state. Ninety-one percent of Republicans approve while 94 percent of Democrats disapprove and 57 percent of independents disapprove.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted June 7 to June 12, contacted 1,082 Ohio voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.