Today was another important milestone for Ohio political watchers and another good sign for Democrats running statewide.
Pre-primary campaign finance reports were due, and in all four of the downticket races — for Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor — Democrats outraised their Republican counterparts.
Furthermore, when today’s haul is combined with money carried over from the last filing period, two of the four: Kathleen Clyde and Rob Richardson–have leapfrogged ahead of their opponents in the amount of cash sitting in their campaign warchests.
The same cannot be said in the Governor’s race. With four candidates running, the top fundraiser, Rich Cordray, couldn’t quite outraise Mike DeWine. But the primary is less than two weeks away and once things shake out, the winner won’t have to compete with other Democrats for contributions.
Let’s get to the numbers.
- Republican Mike DeWine raised $1.7m, spent $4.9m and has $7.4m on hand
- Democrat Rich Cordray raised $1.4m, spent $1.7m and has $1.6m on hand
- Democrat Dennis Kucinich raised $592K, spent $318K and has $275K on hand
- Republican Mary Taylor raised $420K, spent $1.9m and has $1.9m on hand
- Democrat Joe Schiavoni raised $87K, spent $291K and has $73K on hand
- Democrat Bill O’Neill raised $69K, spent $79K and has $5.3K on hand
- Democrat Rob Richardson raised $348K, spent $155K and has $569K on hand
- Republican Robert Sprague raised $118K, spent $428K and has $208K on hand
- Sprague’s primary opponent, Sandra O’Brien raised $570 and appears to be a non-factor, but that didn’t stop Sprague from spending nearly 3x what Richardson did in fending off his primary challenger
- Democrat Zack Space raised $352K, spent $146K and has $431K on hand
- Republican Keith Faber raised $206K, spent $114K and has $767K on hand
Secretary of State
- Democrat Kathleen Clyde raised $441K, spent $177K and has $900K on hand
- Republican Frank LaRose raised $118K, spent $111K and has $846K on hand
- Democrat Steve Dettelbach raised $831K, spent $204K and has $2.2M on hand
- Republican Dave Yost raised $664K, spent $51K and has $2.6M on hand
DeWine is clearly spending a ton of money in his effort to defeat Mary Taylor. Another major ad buy went up on the air after the April 18 cutoff for spending that must be reported, but even at his current burn rate, DeWine’s bankroll vastly exceeds that of Cordray. In the other races, all bets are off. Democrats clearly have the enthuiasm advantage there, attracting more contributions for the second reporting period in a row.
To review the fundraising of any candidate for state office, visit the Secretary of State’s search page and look for the pre-primary filing report from the committees you’re interested in. Let us know if you find anything interesting.