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Cordray Outraises DeWine In Final Fundraising Period

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray shakes hands with supporters during an election night event Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete

The candidates for governor and other statewide races have released their final fundraising reports before next month’s election. It’s been a record-breaking election for at least one race.

Campaign finance filings show Democrat Richard Cordray outraised Republican Mike DeWine in the final stretch. Cordray brought in $1.88 million in contributions and in-kind donations between October 1-17, compared to $1.27 million for DeWine.

That brings the candidates’ total fundraising to $44 million – more than any other governor’s race in state history. Cordray raised about $15.5 million while DeWine raised $29 million, though that includes $4 million from two personal loans.

In the final stretch, DeWine has six times the cash on hand that Cordray does: $6 million compared to about $1.1 million.

In the downticket races, three of the four Democrats outraised the Republicans, with no bigger margin than in the attorney general race. Democrat Steve Dettelbach brought in $803,079 compared to $316,858 for Republican Dave Yost, and has more available cash too - $2.6 million compared to $2.1 million. But Dettelbach also spent a lot more money than Yost.

Kathleen Clyde, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, raised $386,357 while her opponent Republican Frank LaRose raised $280,204. LaRose reported more cash on hand, though.

In the auditor race, Republican Keith Faber out-raised Democrat Zack Space, with $225,699 in contributions compared to $200,685. Democratic treasurer candidate Rob Richardson out-raised Republican Robert Sprague, $203,886 compared to $172,153.