In the governor’s race, Democrat Richard Cordray raised more money than Republican Richard DeWine in the latest cycle but DeWine’s $9.6-million war chest is nearly twice what Cordray has in the bank, according to campaign reports filed Friday.
DeWine’s cash on hand is bolstered by money that running mate Jon Husted rolled into DeWine’s campaign account when the two Republicans joined forces. Also, DeWine made a $1-million personal loan to his campaign.
DeWine reported raising $2.37-million since June 8 and having $9.59-million in cash on hand. Cordray reported raising $2.6-million and having $5.34-million in cash.
Campaign finance reports in the down ticket match-ups indicate each could be competitive. The only statewide candidate running for the seat she currently holds is Ohio Supreme Court Justice Mary Degenaro, a Republican appointed by Gov. John Kasich in January.
Here are the fund raising numbers for each of the other statewide races:
A poll from Quinnipiac University released six weeks ago shows the Ohio governor’s race is too close to call.
This week, DeWine and Husted won the endorsement of Ohio’s three major business groups: Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Manufacturers and NFIB Ohio. Also this week, former President Obama endorsed Cordray.
In May, President Trump announced his support for DeWine. The Cedarville Republican said he will attend a rally with the president in Delaware County on Saturday to support GOP congressional candidate Troy Balderson who faces a close race in an Aug. 7 special election.