Mike DeWine, Richard Cordray have plenty of campaign cash as Ohio governor’s race heats up

October 3, 2018

Mike DeWine, Richard Cordray have plenty of campaign cash as Ohio governor’s race heats up

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Republican Mike DeWine is entering the final weeks of the Ohio governor’s race with a sizable financial lead, new filings show, though Democratic rival Richard Cordray slightly outraised him in recent weeks.

DeWine, the state’s attorney general, had an eye-popping $13.67 million in his campaign account as of Wednesday, according to a campaign-finance report filed with the Ohio secretary of state’s office. Cordray, most recently the head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reported having (an also impressive) $9.48 million on hand.

Last month alone, Cordray collected about $2.23 million; DeWine raised just over $2 million between Sept. 7 and Oct. 3.

While DeWine has a larger bank account, the filings show both candidates have plenty of cash to spend leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Recent polls show the two in a neck-and-neck race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich next year.

Travis Irvine, the Libertarian nominee for governor, raised $9,649 in September, ending the month with $8,211 on hand. Green Party nominee Constance Gadell-Newton didn’t file a report as of late Wednesday afternoon.

All statewide candidates for the Nov. 6 election were required to disclose their September fundraising numbers on Wednesday, though they do not yet have to reveal how much their campaigns have spent.

Here’s what candidates for other statewide races reported raising:

Attorney General

Democrat Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. attorney, is beating Republican State Auditor Dave Yost in the money race. Dettelbach had about $4.79 million in his bank account as of Oct. 3 after raising approximately $753,000 between Sept. 7 and Oct. 3. Yost, meanwhile, has slightly over $3.82 million on hand after accepting $404,000 in donations between Sept. 7 and Oct. 1.

Secretary of State

Democratic state Rep. Kathleen Clyde has a slight cash lead over Republican state Sen. Frank LaRose. Clyde reported raising nearly $322,000 between Sept. 6 and Oct. 3, giving her almost $2.1 million on hand. LaRose’s September report lists just over $255,000 in donations, though it includes several donations made in June, July, and August. LaRose had about $1.85 million on hand as of Wednesday.


As of Wednesday, Democrat Rob Richardson’s war chest was more than double that of GOP rival Robert Sprague. Richardson, an attorney and former Cincinnati mayoral candidate, raised almost $204,000 between Sept. 7 and Oct. 3, giving him about $1.42 million on hand. Sprague, a state representative from Findlay, reported about $625,000 on hand after collecting almost $162,000 between Sept. 6 and Oct. 3.

State Auditor

Republican Keith Faber still has the overall financial lead even though Democrat Zack Space outraised him in the most recent filing period. Faber, a state representative and former Ohio Senate president, has $1.35 million in his campaign account and raised more than $204,000 between Sept. 6 and Oct. 3.  Space, an ex-congressman from Dover, has about $1.25 million on hand, though he accepted nearly $254,000 in donations between Sept. 7 and Oct. 3. That’s the most ever raised by an Ohio state auditor candidate in the September reporting period, according to a Space campaign release.

Ohio Supreme Court

Republican Justice Mary DeGenaro, who’s running for a full six-year term after being appointed to the court earlier this year, raised $87,820 between Sept. 5 and Oct. 2. The Mahoning County resident reported having nearly $290,000 in her campaign account. DeGenaro’s Democratic opponent, Ohio Appeals Court Judge Melody Stewart of Cleveland, collected about $55,000 in contributions between Sept. 1 and Oct. 3, giving her just over $167,000 on hand.

In the race to take over retiring Justice Terrence O’Donnell’s seat, Republican Craig Baldwin is the richer candidate. Baldwin, a state appellate court judge from Newark, has almost $269,000 on hand after accepting slightly more than $72,000 in donations in September. Democrat Michael P. Donnelly, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge, raised $52,800 between Aug. 30 and Oct. 2, giving him about $224,000 on hand. 

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