Pillich to leave governor’s race, will back Cordray

The decision comes on the heels of a positive wave for Pillich's longshot bid amid a crowded Democratic field

Democratic candidate for Treasurer Connie Pillich speaks at the Democratic election night event Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Pillich was defeated by Josh Mandel. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Democrats’ lone female governor candidate is leaving the race to back rival Richard Cordray, the former federal consumer watchdog.

A Democrat close to Cordray’s campaign tells The Associated Press that former state Rep. Connie Pillich will drop out and endorse Cordray on Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because the information hadn’t been made public.

The decision comes on the heels of a positive wave for Pillich’s longshot bid amid a crowded Democratic field.

Ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell campaigned and raised money for her and she won the endorsement of EMILY’s List, a politically influential group that elects women who favor abortion rights.

Pillich’s decision is another coup for Cordray, who is consolidating support among former rivals as he positions to take on Republicans’ favored candidate: Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Earlier, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley dropped out and will support Cordray. Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton left the race to become Cordray’s running mate for lieutenant governor.

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