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Close money race for Ohio Democrats running for governor, but a clear winner for Republicans

 The Ohio Statehouse
Karen Kasler
Statehouse News Bureau
The Ohio Statehouse

The candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor raised close to the same amount of money in the last six months, but the fundraising race on the Republican side was no contest.

In reports filed with the Secretary of State on Monday, former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley raised $1,261,985.53 and has $1,770,157.39 cash on hand. Former Cincinnati mayor John Craney just behind, raised $1,048,989.17 and has $1,905,289.75 in cash.

Former Republican Congressman Jim Renacci has $4,112,822.58 in the bank, but that includes a $4.8 million loan he made to himself. He raised just $148,723.81. Central Ohio farmer and businessman Joe Blystone raised $314,447.52, but only has $214,312.03 cash. Incumbent Mike DeWine raised $3,300,367.66, and has $9,204,068.06 in the bank – which his campaign said is the largest cash-on-hand balance of any incumbent governor at this point of a campaign.

Republican candidates for the Statehouse and Ohio Supreme Court are dramatically outpacing their Democratic opponents.

The Ohio House Republican Alliance, which raises money for the 64 House Republicans, brought in $1,318,998.37 in the last six months and has $1,299,221.21 on hand. The Ohio House Democratic Campaign Committee, which brings in money for the 35 Democrats, raised $128,195.53 and has $249,319.87 on hand.

The Republican Senate Campaign Committee, fundraising for the 25 Senate Republicans, took in $1,744,807.06 and now has $3,774,504.06 cash on hand. The Ohio Senate Democrats, representing eight Democrats in the Senate, reported raising $160,415.02 and has $204,284.09 in the bank.

The story is similar for the three Republicans running for the Ohio Supreme Court. Justices Pat DeWine, Pat Fischer and Sharon Kennedy, raised $1.1 million.

  • DeWine raised $383,673.00 with $355,956.77 cash on hand.
  • Fischer raised $195,551.52 with $179,095.68 cash on hand.
  • Kennedy raised $539,386.00 with $544,121.37 cash on hand.

Democratic Justice Jennifer Brunner, Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Terri Jamison and First District Court of Appeals Judge Marilyn Zayas raised $189,000.

  • Brunner raised $162,676.66 with $117,891.54 cash on hand.
  • Jamison raised $23,873.00 with $18,618.33 cash on hand.
  • Zayas raised $3,000 with $19,030.57 cash on hand.

Brunner and Kennedy are facing each other for Chief Justice. Fischer will face Jamison, and Zayas is hoping to unseat DeWine.

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