Spending In Ohio’s GOP Governor Primary Neared $10 Million

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor have spent almost $5 million each since December in their bitter fight for Ohio’s Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show DeWine spent $4.89 million from Dec. 8 to April 18, compared to Taylor’s $4.93 million.

DeWine reported raising $1.7 million and having $7.4 million in the bank. Taylor raised $420,000 for the period.

Former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray led fundraising among Democrats.

Cordray reported raising about $1.4 million and spending $1.7 million. Democratic rival former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich raised almost $600,000 and spent $317,000.

Another Democrat, Youngstown-area state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, reported raising $87,000 and spending $290,000. Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, another Democratic candidate raised $68,000 and spent $79,000.