Published Tue, Aug 14, 2012 10:58 am Dateline
A new independent analysis finds the Republican Governors Association spent more in Ohio in 2010 than in any other state, helping the GOP's John Kasich beat once popular Democrat Ted Strickland.
The assessment of national political spending in states with disclosure was conducted by the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
It found the Republican governors' group was the largest overall spender nationally outside campaign accounts during the 2010 cycle, directing more than $11 million of that against Strickland.
The RGA spent its next highest sum, $9 million, in Massachusetts, where Democrat Deval Patrick was re-elected.
From 2006 to 2010, independent groups did 18 percent of the spending in Ohio's targeted races compared to campaign accounts - behind Colorado, Washington, and California, and tied with Alaska and North