© 2021 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
News

2018 Governor's Race Was Most Expensive In Ohio History

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, left, and Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine wave to the crowd before a debate at Marietta College on Monday.
Paul Vernon
/
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, left, and Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine wave to the crowd before a debate at Marietta College on Monday.

Campaign finance filings show this year's campaign for Ohio governor was the most expensive gubernatorial race in state history.

The reports show that Republican Mike DeWine, the governor-elect, and Democratic challenger Richard Cordray, spent nearly $45 million between their campaigns.

Filings submitted Friday show Cordray's fundraising slightly topped that of DeWine, currently Ohio's attorney general, at $16.8 million compared to DeWine's $16.4 million. However, DeWine also took in nearly $5 million from running mate Jon Husted when their campaigns merged. He also made personal loans to his campaign totaling about $4 million.

Ultimately, DeWine spent about $28 million compared to Cordray's roughly $17 million, for a record-setting total.

The previous record was $34 million, set in 2010 when Republican Gov. John Kasich defeated incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland.