By Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The filing deadline has passed, candidates have turned in their signature petitions and the slate of candidates for governor is now officially set.
Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Cordray’s number one competition in the Democratic primary is Kucinich.
The former Northeast Ohio congressman has been barnstorming around the state since announcing in mid-January, and while we don’t have any campaign finance numbers for him, he has a strong base.
A plurality of the vote is going to come from Northeast Ohio, where Kucinich is well known for his time in Congress, as Cleveland mayor, and his two presidential runs. Kucinich’s base also occupies the activist wing of the party and are very reliable voters. His unapologetically liberal views might also play well with an energized Democratic base.
Kucinich might appear too progressive for a general electorate, but he has been stoking a brand of populism similar to Trump’s for decades now. While he might alienate some conservative independents, he could have crossover appeal with Trump voters, given their similar economic message.
Rating: Good chance