>> This is the moment when people must take back their government.>> It's a battle for the liberal soul of the Democratic Party playing out in the primary race to be the next governor of Ohio. Former Presidential contendor and self styled insurgent Dennis Kucinich facing off against Richard Cordray, who until recently served as the nation's top consumer financial watchdog.
>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where the contest between Kucinich and Cordray is shaping up to be one of the most closely watched in the nation. Unlike other democratic party clashes we've seen so far, this one does not pit a Clinton-style centrist against a grassroots progressive. Both of these candidates clearly fall into the liberal camp.
But they do have different governing agendas, so this is shaping up to be a contest over the party's resurgent base in Tuesday's matchup. Kucinich is best known for his presidential runs in 2004 and 2008, backing universal healthcare and free college long before Senator Bernie Sanders brought those issues to the fore in 2016.
>> The power of we, the people,>> Kucinich is pushing those same themes in the Ohio race. Also wading into the gun debate, advocating a ban on assault rifles. Our Revolution, a political group with close ties to Bernie Sanders has endorsed Kucinich, though Sanders himself is staying clear.
Then there's Cordray, best known in Ohio as a former state attorney general. As the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for seven years, Cordray took on the financial giants in the wake of the Great Recession.>> I'm running on what I call the kitchen table issues, the economic issues that matter to Ohioans.
>> He's been endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a progressive hero and fierce critic of Wall Street.>> Give consumers a chance.>> But he takes a more incremental approach than Kucinich. He wants to protect Obamacare instead of pursuing single-payer healthcare. He supports some gun control measures, but doesn't want to ban assault rifles.
Cordray has long been deemed the favorite, and recent polling shows him holding on to his lead. The winner would take on the Republican nominee in a state that swings between both parties. With current GOP governor John Kasich leaving the scene and Trump's poll numbers lagging, Democrats see a real opportunity to pick up the Ohio governor's mansion.
Party leaders prefer Cordray. They see him as more electable in this battleground state. But Kucinich has been harnessing grass-roots anger ever since Trump was elected back in 2016, so he can't be counted out.>> And there must be a shift of power.