Auditor '10: David Pepper files shocking report showing nearly 2:1 advantage over GOP's Taylor
According to the Secretary of State's office, Democratic challenger David Pepper's campaign finance report shows nearly a 2:1 cash on hand advantage to incumbent State Auditor Mary Taylor.
- Pepper's cash on hand: $268,389.89
- Taylor's cash on hand: $144,281.18
In the Secretary of State's race, yet again, the GOP candidate has raised more than the GOP's leading candidate for Governor. Remember that Husted has been raising money for an eventual statewide race for years, even back when he was still Speaker, and Brown just announced a month or two ago after Brunner announced she was running for the Senate. So don't get the vapors, yet over this one:
- Husted: $1,263,380.93.
- Brown: $181,407.62
In the Treasurer's race, GOP candidate Josh Mandel is second only to Rob Portman in statewide GOP candidates when it comes to fundraising. That being said, incumbent Kevin Boyce is keeping Mandel within a 3:1 cash-on-hand advantage. Democrats have won plenty of races in Ohio at that level of a fundraising advange. In fact, it's rare for our candidate to outraise a Republican. Particularly, an incumbent Republican (see, Taylor).
- Mandel: $1,298,141.33
- Boyce: $486,278.18
In the Attorney General's race, former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine hasn't raised much more money than his primary challenger. Cordray crushes them all. In fact, he's got the second most money on hand for any Democratic statewide candidate. Beating Lee Fisher's campaign finance numbers:
- Cordray: $2,005,506.71
- DeWine: $39,500.00
- Yost: $30,122.91
DeWine and Yost just recently announced their candidacies, so their numbers are not surprisingly and will definately improve by the next report at the end of the year.
So, all in all, the Democrats have a notable cash-on-hand advantage for Goveror, Attorney General, and Auditor. The Treasurer's race is to the Republican candidate, but not has historically been an unwinnable margin for the Democrats. And we've got work to do in the Senate and Secretary of State races.