Meanwhile, in the six-man Democratic primary race, former Attorney General Richard Cordray spent $1.7-million rebuilding his profile after a seven year absence from the Ohio political scene. His chief rival, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, spent $317,372, largely on yard signs, mailings and consultants.
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, and former Ohio Supreme Court justice Bill O’Neill came in third and fourth, respectively, in fundraising totals for Democrats in the gubernatorial primary.
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On both sides of the aisle, candidates are blowing precious resources —nearly $9 million combined — against primary opponents and will need to replenish the cash to compete in the November general election.
The pre-primary reports show fundraising and spending between Jan. 1 and April 18. For committees that didn’t file annual reports, the activity window covers Dec. 8, 2017 to April 18.
The reports show:
DeWine: $1.7 million raised, $4.9 million spent, $7.4 million cash on hand; $1 million personal loan outstanding.
Taylor: $469,496, raised, $1.9 million spent; $1.99 million cash-on-hand; $3 million personal loan outstanding and a $250,000 loan from running mate Nathan Estruth outstanding.
Cordray: $1.36 million raised, spent $1.7 million spent, $1.65 million cash on hand.
Kucinich: $592,127 raised, $317,372 spent, $274,754 cash on hand.
Schiavoni: $87,105 raised, $290,807 spent,$72,960 cash on hand.
O'Neill: $68,268 raised, spent $78,944 and $5,325 cash on hand.
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In the down ticket races, Democrats had a strong showing, outraising Republicans:
Attorney General: Democrat Steve Dettlebach raised $830,608; Republican Dave Yost raised $663,517.
Auditor: Democrat Zack Space raised $351,840; Republican Keith Faber raised $114,022.
Secretary of State: Democrat Kathleen Clyde raised $441,196; Republican Frank LaRose raised $118,049.
Treasurer: Democrat Rob Richardson raised $348,141; Republican Robert Sprague raised $117,978.
Because of term limits, each executive office seat is an open race this year.