Democratic hopefuls for Ohio governor tangle in final debate

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Democratic hopefuls for Ohio governor tangle in final debate
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, Gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray speaks after receiving the endorsement of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley during a news conference in Cincinnati. Ohio’s governor races have been heating up as early voting begins and the candidates begin the stretch drive to the May 8 primary. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Four Democrats battling for their party’s nomination in the race for Ohio governor will go head-to-head in their last scheduled debate.

Miami University’s Middletown campus will host the hourlong debate Tuesday evening.

Early voting also begins Tuesday for the May 8 primary election.

The Democrats running for governor are former federal consumer protection chief and former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray; former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIN’-ich); former Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill; and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni (SHEE’-uh-vohn-ee).

On the Republican side, Attorney General Mike DeWine is seeking his party’s nomination against Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who has criticized the former U.S. senator for ducking debates.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is term-limited.