Richard Cordray

Democrats need to elect this former Jeopardy! champion before the next redistricting process

Richard Cordray

Ohio Governor

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2018 Result: Cordray loses by 4-point margin (50.7% to 46.4%)

Richard Cordray is an experienced public servant who has served as Ohio's Attorney General, Solicitor General, and Treasurer (as well as one term in the Ohio House of Representatives). Cordray was also the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he held from 2012-17.

Cordray was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his JD from the University of Chicago, where he served as editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. After law school, Cordray clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In 1987 Cordray was an undefeated five-time Jeopardy! champion. He was not allowed to participate in the Super Jeopardy! elimination tournament of champions because he was a candidate for Ohio State Representative.

Cordray handily won a crowded Democratic Primary in May for the right to challenge former Republican U.S. Senator Mike DeWine. Democrats need to elect Cordray in November in order to have a fair shot in Ohio's next redistricting process. Incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich is term-limited in 2018.

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Campaign Finance

Candidate Name

Richard Cordray (D)

Mike DeWine (R)

Campaign Spending

$2.73 million in July, $5.3 million cash on hand

$2.37 million in July, $9.6 million cash on hand

Outside Spending



Polling Results

According to a polling average from Real Clear Politics, Cordray holds an aggregate lead of 1.6 points against DeWine.

Election Results


2014: R+30

2010: R+2

2006: D+22


2016: R+8

2012: D+3

2008: D+4.5



Ohio is one of the most severely-gerrymandered states in the country; major redistricting changes in 2012 removed several Democratic incumbents from the House of Representatives and helped Republicans solidify their House Majority. Republicans currently control all five statewide offices in Ohio, as well as a majority in the State House and a supermajority in the State Senate.

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