The dropping rains is the only way to describe the rate at which democrats are loosing popularity in states where the party used to posses strong popularity in the past,one of such states is ohio.
Richard Cordray’s campaign for governor has become a rallying point for Democrats focused on rebuilding the party.
Barack Obama is diving into Democrats’ campaign to retake the Midwest on Thursday, headlining an Ohio rally for former top appointee Richard Cordray in a bid to rebuild the stricken state Democratic Party.
Cordray, the former attorney general of Ohio appointed by Obama to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is locked in a dead-heat race with Republican state Attorney General Mike DeWine — a sign of Democrats’ resurgence since President Donald Trump swept Ohio and neighboring states on his way to victory in 2016.
The campaign has become a focus for national Democrats intent on rebuilding their party: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a Cordray mentor, has stumped for him, as has Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), another potential 2020 presidential candidate. Former Vice President Joe Biden will also return to Ohio to boost Cordray soon, though the specifics of his next visit have not yet come together. They are hoping to undo years of reversals for the state Democrats, who have been locked out of every statewide constitutional office since 2010 and had no leverage on the last redistricting process, allowing Republicans to cement majorities in the state legislature.
“Democrats have always had significant trouble in Ohio picking up statehouse seats and statewide offices when a Democrat occupies the White House. It’s been that way since World War II,” said Joe Rugola, a Democratic National Committee member and the executive director of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. Rugola added: “There’s no question that we have a dynamic working in our favor” this year.
Cordray is an awkward fit in some ways for a marquee 2018 race: The former bureaucrat, who led the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after serving as Ohio’s attorney general, has invoked his kids to defend himself against charges that he’s too bland — “I don’t think I’m boring, and my children don’t think I’m boring,” he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer — in a year when Democratic activists have demanded a more strident approach to politics.