By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Jim Renacci spent nearly $12 million in his failed primary bid against Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine — only about $290,000 from outside donors, records show.
Post-primary campaign finance reports filed Friday complete the spending picture in the May 3 race, in which the governor defeated Renacci and two other GOP challengers. DeWine will face Democrat Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, this fall.
Renacci, a former congressman from Wadsworth, said he loaned his campaign a combined $15 million, while only raising $290,000 in contributions. He spent nearly $4 million in his latest push against DeWine, according to reports, an assault that was particularly aimed at the governor’s COVID-19 policies.
DeWine said he spent $6.8 million during the primary season. He raised an additional $2 million for the period ending June 3 and is reporting in the fall with nearly $7 million in hand. DeWine’s balances include a $4 million personal loan he made to his campaign.
Whaley said she raised more than $1 million for the period, but she has a tenth of DeWine’s war chest – just $708,000 – at the start of the campaign trail. A review of her deposits shows that she has raised about $4.5 million since her campaign began and has spent about $4 million.
Whaley’s main rival, former Cincinnati Democratic Mayor John Cranley, raised and spent about $3.2 million.
Overall, Republicans incumbent for statewide office are heading into the fall contests much better positioned financially than their Democratic rivals:
– For Attorney General, Republican Dave Yost has about $2.3 million, compared to about $130,000 for Democratic State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman.
– For Secretary of State, Republican Frank LaRose has $1.9 million in the bank, compared to about $35,000 for Democrat Chelsea Clark.
– For the listener, Republican Keith Faber has nearly $1.4 million, compared to $20,000 for Democrat Taylor Sappington.
– For Treasurer, Republican Robert Spargue has just under $860,000 in his account, compared to $121,000 for Democrat Scott Schertzer.
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