Dayton mayor expected to end Ohio governor bid, back Cordray

(FILE - Courtesy: Nan Whaley)

Democrat Richard Cordray continues to consolidate support for his run for Ohio governor with another former rival set to back his effort.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was scheduled to appear with Cordray on Friday. It was presumed she will announce plans to leave the race and endorse Cordray, the former federal consumer protection chief.

Earlier this week, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton left the race to become Cordray's running mate for lieutenant governor.

Whaley's departure would leave one woman among remaining Democratic gubernatorial contenders. Former state lawmaker Connie Pillich, retiring Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni are still in the race. Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich is expected to launch a campaign next week.

Republicans Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor also are running.

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