Watch live: Democratic governor hopefuls -- minus Richard Cordray -- debate tonight in Cleveland

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 07:01:36 AM. Four Democrats will be on stage -- with one glaring absence.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - After a whirlwind week in the governor's race, four of the declared Democratic gubernatorial candidates - with one glaring absence - will take the stage in Cleveland for the third debate of the season.

After a seismic shift in the Republican contest with Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted joining together on a superticket, the Democrats will take the stage in a race that hasn't seen anyone completely separate themselves from the pack.

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state Rep. Connie Pillich and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton will all appear onstage beginning 7 p.m. today at the Idea Center in Cleveland. WKYC, ideastream and the City Club of Cleveland will livestream the debate, with Statehouse News Bureau chief Karen Kasler and WKYC anchor Russ Mitchell. You can watch the livestream above.

Schiavoni Whaley Sutton PillichDayton Mayor Nan Whaley, top left; former-U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, top right; former-Ohio state Rep. Connie Pillich, bottom left; and Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, bottom right. The four Democratic candidates will appear in the third debate for the party's 2018 nomination for governor tonight in Cleveland. (AP Photos, File) 

The contest comes just one day before ex-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray will announce his candidacy in the race. His absence leaves a hole in the lineup tonight given the hype surrounding his entrance and his presumed frontrunner status.

Richard Cordray to enter governor's race Tuesday

Cordray is slated to speak at the City Club on Dec. 14.

Also not on stage will be state Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, who has not gone through the party vetting process. He has said he will drop out when Cordray enters the race.

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