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Cordray, Kucinich Launch Last-Minute Ads

Democrats see Ohio as the first test of what kind of progressivism voters want.

May 7, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

BELLWETHER BATTLE. “Democrats are looking to November for an opportunity to restake their claim to the Midwest after President Donald Trump painted it red in 2016. But first, they need to figure out who — and what — they want to put forward. Ohio’s primary on Tuesday is the party’s first test along that road.” The primary features Cordray and Kucinich, both “brandishing different brands of populism before Democratic voters, as well as different theories about how to win the swing state.” A number of local politicos claim that Kucinich can’t win a general election in Ohio on the back of progressive voters alone, but Kucinich supporters plan to show the country is looking for “bold” progressive candidates. (Politico)

ON THE STUMP. Actor Danny Glover and Our Revolution President Nina Turner will campaign for Kucinich on Monday in downtown Columbus. Glover and Turner held rallies with Kucinich and his running mate Tara Samples at “Souls to the Polls” events in Akron and Cleveland on Sunday. (release)

IN THE DOGHOUSE. Kucinich, a former Fox News contributor, gave an unusual response to his opponent Cordray’s comment that Kucinich is the network’s “house poodle” in an appearance on the cable network Friday. “When Shannon Bream asked for his reaction, Kucinich literally growled. Followed by nearly ten seconds awkward silence.”

Bream: “That’s your response? Okay, we’ll go with that.” (Mediaite)

ENDORSEMENT. The Ohio Cannabis Institute, an advocacy group for marijuana legalization in the state, endorsed former state Justice Bill O’Neill (D). The group said O’Neill is the only candidate with a “sound plan.” (AP)

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