Ohio gubernatorial election spending topped $33 millionWritten by Associated Press | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Republican winner John Kasich outraised and outspent incumbent Ted Strickland this year in Ohio’s governor race, where total spending topped $33 million.
Adding in final campaign finance reports filed Friday, Kasich spent $17.2 million to take over leadership of Ohio, a key battleground state in the 2012 presidential race. Strickland spent $16.7 million.
Strickland already had more than $2 million in the bank when Kasich jumped into the race in early 2009, but final totals show Kasich’s stable of fundraising consultants ended up raising enough to close the gap.
From July 2009 forward, Kasich raised $17.7 million in contributions compared to $15 million for Strickland.
A snapshot of money raised and spent in the Ohio governor’s race between incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican John Kasich, who won the November election:
- Total contributions raised: $32.63 million
- Total additional income: $212,000
- Total in-kind contributions: $2.2 million
- Total campaign spending: $33.95 million
- Total contributions raised: $17.7 million
- Total campaign spending: $17.2 million
- Total spent in final reporting period: $5.7 million
- Total contributions raised: $15 million (plus $2 million before Kasich joined race)
- Total campaign spending: $16.7 million
- Total spent in final reporting period: $3.5 million
SOURCE: Ohio Secretary of State.