Treasurer: Cordray (D) has Big Lead Over Quill (D), Bradley (R) and O'Brien (R) Tight
Although both reveal a huge number of undecided voters, the Columbus Dispatch primary polls show Franklin County Auditor Richard Cordray (D-Columbus) with a big 14 point lead over Montgomery County Auditor Hugh Quill (D-Dayton), while appointed incumbent Treasurer Jennette Bradley (R) clings to a perilous three point lead over her challenger, Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O'Brien (R).
Cordray has the benefit of his endorsement by the Ohio Democratic Party and has a substantial fund-raising lead over opponent Quill. He also has more statewide name recognition due to his service as State Representative and State Solicitor.
Bradley was appointed as Treasurer by Governor Taft in January 2005 after serving as Taft's Lieutenant Governor. Taft's devastatingly low approval rating may be dragging her down. Also, as noted on this blog previously, O'Brien has attacked Bradley for failing to prevent the Coingate scandal (the mismanagement and theft of Bureau of Worker's Compensation investment funds by Republican insider and fund-raiser Tom Noe). Another liability for Bradley are her pro-choice, pro-domestic partner benefits, and anti-gun positions, all anathema to the Republican base. Bradley and gubernatorial candidate Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R-Cincinnati) are the only African-Americans among statewide Republican candidates.