Reps. Mike Turner of Dayton, Steve Chabot of Cincinnati, David Joyce of northeastern Ohio and Bob Gibbs of Lakeville all lagged behind Democrats in campaign fundraising in the first quarter. In Chabot’s case, the difference was steep: He raised $171,335 last quarter, while Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval raised $664,347. Neither candidate spent any of his own money on the race.
In Turner’s case, Theresa Gasper, a small-businesswoman from Dayton, raised $209,645 — $50,000 of it her own money. That was more than twice what Turner, an eight– term congressman from Dayton, raised last quarter: $103,807.
But both Turner and Chabot can draw on money raised earlier in this election cycle and in past campaigns to help defend their seats: Turner has raised $687,949 in this cycle, and Chabot has raised $404,860. Chabot has $1.3 million in the bank; Turner has $566,366. Pureval has $650,765 in the bank. Gasper has $141,244.
In eastern Ohio, Gibbs has been outdone consistently by Democrat Ken Harbaugh, who raised $441,421 between Jan. 1 and March 31 and has raised $1.1 million in this cycle. Gibbs, meanwhile, raised $113,100 last quarter and has raised $569,051. But Gibbs has an advantage beyond his incumbency: As of March 31, he had $1.36 million in the bank. Harbaugh had $726,613.
And in northeastern Ohio, Joyce raised $244,485 last quarter, while his opponent, Democrat Betsy Rader, raised $276,755. Joyce has $774,020 in the bank, while Rader has $403,491 to spend. Joyce, a Republican from Geauga County’s Russell Township, won his district with 63 percent of the vote in 2016.
Republicans held fundraising advantages in the races for both open seats in the state.
In the 16th District, which Republican Jim Renacci of Wadsworth is leaving to run for the U.S. Senate, former NFL wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez raised $224,616 last quarter. He has $703,682 in the bank. Gonzalez’s opponent in the GOP primary, state Rep. Christina Hagan of Stark County’s Marlboro Township, raised $90,790 last quarter and had $184,094 in the bank. Democrat Grant Goodrich of Cleveland raised $77,192 last quarter and had $48,919 in the bank.
In the 12th District, Republican candidates raised $1.39 million to Democrats’ $301,132 last quarter. That race is to fill the seat left vacant by Republican 12th District candidate bets on himself / B6
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In another central Ohio district, the 15th, Rep. Steve Stivers holds a significant advantage over Democrat Rick Neal, raising $742,995 to Neal’s $142,161. Stivers, an Upper Arlington Republican, has $2.2 million in the bank, while Neal has $239,697.
In the region’s other district, the 3rd, Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, raised $124,647 last quarter and had more than $1 million in the bank. Republicans Abdulkadir Haji of Columbus and Jim Burgess of Gahanna had not posted Federal Election Commission reports as of late Monday, meaning that the agency had yet to process their report or that they did not raise or spend the minimum $5,000 that triggers the requirement to file an FEC report.
Overall, incumbents retain financial advantage: The 13 Ohio lawmakers seeking re-election raised $2.54 million last quarter and had $14.4 million in the bank. Challengers, meanwhile, raised $2.35 million last quarter and had $3.28 million in the bank, according to an analysis of FEC data.