Whaley withdraws from Ohio gubernatorial race, endorses Cordray

Whaley withdraws from Ohio gubernatorial race (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is bowing out of the Ohio gubernatorial race.

Whaley made the announcement Friday morning, now throwing her support behind fellow Democrat, Richard Cordray.

"I got into this race because I wanted to make a difference," Whaley said. Over the eight months over her campaign, Whaley said she's met many people who have encouraged and inspired her to fight for issues, "I will fight, but not as your Governor," she said.

WATCH: Nan Whaley announces she's withdrawing from Ohio gubernatorial race.

Whaley is now endorsing Richard Cordray, who she says is a candidate who can bring the part together and "has the skills we need to move Ohio forward." After Whaley's announcement, Cordray made a brief statement he said he prepared at 1:00 a.m. He said the decision Whaley made to withdraw is not an easy one. Cordray wen to say Whaley has made an impact on the race, "Nan's ideas have changed the nature of the debate," he said, referencing universal Pre-K and the opioid fight.

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