COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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.