cleveland.com - Jon Husted bests rest of the GOP field in individual campaign contributions

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted raised more in campaign donations than any of his three opponents in the race to be the Republican gubernatorial nominee next year.

Husted raised more than $2 million between Jan. 12 and July 28, surpassing every other Republican candidate in terms of individual campaign contributions. He bested Attorney General Mike DeWine's roughly $1.25 million, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor's roughly $640,000 and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's $575,000.

Husted's campaign included several weeks in January while DeWine's report includes contributions from Feb. 1 through July 31. DeWine included the month of January in his January campaign finance report.

Husted won't walk away with the most cash on hand. DeWine loaned his campaign $1 million while Renacci gave his $4 million.

After expenses, Husted has about $4.2 million in his coffers, putting him on roughly equal ground with DeWine's $4.6 million and Renacci's $4.3 million.

"The momentum and grassroots support from across Ohio has lined up firmly behind Jon Husted, as evidenced by the fact that other candidates in this race were forced to put in their own money in order to catch up," said Joshua Eck, a spokesman for Husted. "Today's filings show that while some candidates are their own biggest supporters, Jon Husted has support from Republican leaders and voters." 

The individual contribution numbers are excellent news for Husted. More people know DeWine by virtue of his nearly four-decade electoral history in the state -- including a stint as U.S. senator -- but Husted is trying to be the upstart future of the Republican Party.

To do that, he'll have to keep fundraising pace with DeWine, who's popular with conservatives and perfectly willing to use his own fortune for the election.

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