Kasich continues campaing fund raising advantage

By MARC KOVAC @ohiocapitalblog mkovac@dixcom.com Published:

COLUMBUS -- Republican Gov. John Kasich continues to outpace his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, in fund raising heading toward the November general election.

In post-primary disclosures filed Friday with the secretary of state's office, Kasich's campaign reported contributions approaching $1.8 million and spending of about $942,000, leaving a balance on hand of more than $9.3 million. His total included $500,000 from the Ohio Republican Party.

"Gov. Kasich's support is strong and growing as Ohioans continue to see positive results around the state, and with more than $9.3 million in the bank going into the summer, I'm confident we'll have the resources we need to continue telling Ohio's comeback story," Matt Carle, Kasich's campaign manager, said in a released statement.

FitzGerald, meanwhile, reported nearly $836,000 in contributions, including $117,500 from the Ohio Democratic Party, and spending of about $440,000. That left him with a balance on hand of about $1.9 million.

In other statewide races:

• Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted reported more than $513,000 in contributions and spending approaching $57,000, leaving a balance of more than $2.8 million.

His Democratic challenger, state Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, raised about $190,000 and spent about $195,000, leaving a balance just shy of $489,000.

• Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine reported $770,000-plus in contributions and spending of about $95,000, leaving a balance on hand of nearly $2.8 million. The Ohio Republican Party provided $300,000 of his totals, and the Summit County GOP added $40,000.

His challenger, Democrat David Pepper, reported about $459,000 in contributions and spending of about $185,000, leaving a balance on hand of $1.4 million. The Ohio Democratic Party added $20,000 to his totals.

• Republican state Auditor Dave Yost reported more than $216,000 in contributions and nearly $14,000 in spending, leaving a balance of about $1.1 million.

His challenger, state Rep. John Carney, D-Dublin,reported more than $181,000 in contributions and spending of a little more than that amount, leaving a balance on hand of $736,000-plus.

• Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel reported nearly $631,000 in contributions and $77,000 in spending, leaving a balance of more than $2.9 million.

His challenger, state Rep. Connie Pillich , D-Cincinnati,raised more than $523,000 and spent nearly $160,000, leaving a balance of $1.5 million-plus. She received a $50,000 contribution from the Ohio Democratic Party.

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