Uncategorized Ohio voters make conservative choices in governor's primary – picking DeWine, Cordray

Ohio voters make conservative choices in governor’s primary – picking DeWine, Cordray

- Advertisement -
It’s DeWine versus Cordray in the Ohio governor’s race. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Ohio politics is shifting to the right.

As a political scientist at Ohio State University, that’s my takeaway from seeing Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray win overwhelming victories to secure their parties’ nominations in the primary for governor on May 8.

It could be the sign of things to come in Ohio.

Red

Republican candidates spent most of the primary rejecting their party’s incumbent. Term-limited John Kasich is popular statewide, but his approval among Republicans is a fairly tepid 55 percent.

- Advertisement 1-

Kasich’s attempts to make the national Republican Party more moderate during a lackluster presidential run in 2016 may have endeared him to independent voters, but it’s clearly cost him support on the right in his home state. Republican candidates Attorney General DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor spent most of the race fighting over who could be the most conservative. At one point, a DeWine allied SuperPAC targeted Taylor with a mailer suggesting Ohio “can’t afford a third Kasich term” – a stunning attack on a leader of his own party. Both candidates promised to rescind Kasich’s acceptance of the Medicaid expansion.

In spite of her attempts at repudiating him, Taylor’s association with Kasich, who endorsed her, led Republican primary voters to DeWine, who was perceived as a purer conservative. DeWine cruised to victory with a 19-point margin.

Blue

By selecting Richard Cordray, the former Ohio attorney general and former director of the embattled Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Democratic voters made a moderate choice. Cordray is a mainstream Democrat who has pushed moderately progressive proposals while emphasizing his ties to former President Barack Obama and the need to fight the state’s opioid crisis.

Cordray will likely have more appeal to moderate voters than second-place finisher Dennis Kucinich, whose more radical platform rested on creating a statewide single-payer healthcare system. Though the former mayor of Cleveland has been a player in Ohio politics for decades, Kucinich may simply be too liberal for a statewide election in 2018 Ohio. Cordray won over 60 percent of the vote.

Both parties made choices that may reflect the future of Ohio politics. While it has long been considered a swing state, Ohio’s demographics have been trending rightward. President Trump won the state by nine points in 2016. Democrats may hope that result is an aberration, but Ohio’s primary results suggest the state could see more centrist Democrats running against hard-line conservative Republicans.

The Conversation

- Advertisement 2-

Nathaniel Swigger does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


Source: US-PoliticsFollow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Read More

Netizen says they’ve always been embarrassed by the Singaporean accent and Singaporean English

Singapore — A netizen embarrassed by their Singaporean accent and Singaporean English wanted to find out what foreigners thought about our accent and the way we spoke English. In an anonymous post to popular confessions page NUSWhispers on Tuesday (Jan...

Single mum keen to earn side income, loses nearly $50,000 to ‘Gucci’ scammers

Singapore – News of the surge of phishing scams involving  OCBC Bank has made many other bank customers come forward with their own stories...

Want Fast Cash? Tap Into Your Endowment Policy

Endowment insurance provides protection coverage as well as investment returns to help you save towards a specific financial goal in the future, such as...

Where & how you’re most likely catch COVID — New study

Singapore — As the world enters its third year into the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the benefits is that more is known about the...

President Halimah commends mosque that opened doors to people sleeping rough

Singapore — During hard times such as these, it is always welcome news to hear of communities stepping up to help. President Halimah Yacob recently...

Netizen says they’ve always been embarrassed by the Singaporean accent and Singaporean English

Singapore — A netizen embarrassed by their Singaporean accent and Singaporean English wanted to find out what foreigners thought...

Single mum keen to earn side income, loses nearly $50,000 to ‘Gucci’ scammers

Singapore – News of the surge of phishing scams involving  OCBC Bank has made many other bank customers come...

Want Fast Cash? Tap Into Your Endowment Policy

Endowment insurance provides protection coverage as well as investment returns to help you save towards a specific financial goal...

Where & how you’re most likely catch COVID — New study

Singapore — As the world enters its third year into the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the benefits is that...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg