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Dems Have Funding Advantage In Three Statewide Races

Campaign finance reports show Ohio Democrats have outraised incumbent Republicans in three statewide races so far this year, with Governor John Kasich strengthening his advantage. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Republican incumbent John Kasich has $8.5 million in the bank, having raised more than $2 million so far this year. At the same time, Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald has brought in $662,000 dollars, bringing his total on hand to $1.5 million. That continues the 5-1 money lead that Kasich had in the last reporting period at the end of January. The second biggest money race is for Treasurer, Rep. Connie Pillich nearly kept pace with Treasurer Josh Mandel, but with $2.4 million on hand, he has twice as much money as she does. The third biggest race is for Attorney General, and David Pepper outraised Attorney General Mike Dewine. Sen Nina Turner outraised Secretary of State Jon Husted and Rep. John Carney brought in more money than Auditor David Yost. But in all the statewide contests, the Republican incumbents have more money on hand.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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