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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

Rep. Pat Tiberi.

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.

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