Nan Whaley Drops Governor Bid, Endorses Richard Cordray

Richard Cordray continues to consolidate support for his run for OH governor, as another former Democratic rival drops out of the race and backs his campaign.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley's departure would leave just one woman vying for the Democratic nomination in a race that initially had three.

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Whaley launched an outsider campaign eight months ago.

Cordray, who recently teamed up with former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton on a single ticket, lauded the decision, saying it took "wisdom and resolve" to make the choice.

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Whaley's exit winnows a field that has been in flux for the past week, with Sutton's exit to join Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich's impending entrance.

The two remaining Democratic contenders - Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, of Boardman - now have running mates in place and both said they plan to stay in what would be a five-way primary. Whaley is running for re-election as Dayton mayor this year. Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has run on a platform of economic "kitchen table issues", including jobs, health care and education.

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The victor will face either Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine or Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in the November election.

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