2018 Governor's Race Was Most Expensive In Ohio History

Dec 19, 2018

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.