Sources: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley dropping out of governor's race

Sources: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley dropping out of governor's race (File: WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Local sources say Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is dropping out of the governor's race to endorse former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Whaley's campaign wouldn't confirm or deny anything on Thursday, but did say she will be making a special announcement on Friday with Cordray by her side.

“He's an established name he has statewide experience and has support of statewide establishment in dc and Ohio as well,” Cedarville political expert Mark Caleb Smith said.

Smith said it takes money and support to win Ohio; Cordray has both.

Also Dennis Kucinich entered the race, making it difficult for Whaley.

“She entered the race as a longshot and is still a long shot and decided to pull the plug,” Smith said.

The Republican field is also thinning. Congressman Jim Renacci dropped out, joining the Senate race.

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor is still in, but Attorney General Mike DeWine leads the pack.

“I'd be surprised if it's anyone but Cordray versus DeWine,” Smith said.

Mayor Nan Whaley's special announcement will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the library in downtown Dayton.

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