Former Ohio GOP chairman Kevin DeWine of Fairborn said Cordray’s challenge is he will be forced to spend money re-introducing himself to Democrats and fend off challengers. “I’m not sure who comes out of that primary,” he said.
Cordray, who has run statewide five times, served as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the past several years — a job that took him out of Ohio politics.
Meanwhile, Mike DeWine, 71, who has held public office for 38 of the past 42 years, is pressing to be on the statewide ballot for an eighth time — more than anyone else since Jim Rhodes ran statewide for a ninth time in 1986. His son, Pat DeWine, sits on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Congressman Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, who switched from the governor’s race to campaign for U.S. Senate, reported that he loaned his state campaign committee $6.73 million.
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While the governor’s race receives the most attention, candidates for other offices, including Ohio Supreme Court, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer also filed reports.
Attorney General: Democrat Steve Dettelbach raised $1.08 million and has $1.5 million cash on hand; Republican Dave Yost raised $648,285 and has $2 million on hand.
Auditor: Democrat Zack Space raised $254,390 and has $225,033 on hand; Republican Keith Faber raised $222,862 and has $675,487 on hand.
Secretary of State: Democrat Kathleen Clyde raised $415,567 and has $634,478 on hand; Republican Frank LaRose raised $365,161 and has $839,101 on hand.
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Ohio Supreme Court: Republicans Craig Baldwin reported $14,044 cash on hand and Mary DeGenaro reported $25 cash on hand. Democrats Michael Donnelly reported that he has yet to raise or spend any campaign money and Melody Stewart did not file a report.
The primary election is May 8 while the general election is November 6.
Race for cash
How much money does each of Ohio’s candidates for governor have on hand?
Republican Mike DeWine: $10.5-million
Republican Mary Taylor: $3.5-million
Democrat Richard Cordray: $2-million
Democrat Dennis Kucinich: was not required to report
Democrat Bill O’Neill: was not required to report
Democrat Connie Pillich: $911,656
Democrat Joe Schiavoni: $276,662
Source: Ohio Secretary of State
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