Results in the five most expensive Democratic Ohio Senate primaries

Democratic primary elections for 17 of 33 districts in the Ohio State Senate took place on Aug. 2, 2022. Of the 17 districts up for election in 2022, seven had a Democratic primary election with more than one candidate.

Across all contested Democratic primary elections, candidates raised $394,035. Incumbents raised an average of $254,620 per candidate and challengers raised an average of $8,713 per candidate.

Five primary elections with the most fundraising

The table below details the five Democratic primary elections with the most fundraising in the State Senate. Winning candidates’ names are in bold.

District Money Raised Officeholder Candidates
District 23 $264,820 Nickie Antonio (D) Nickie Antonio and Jeffrey Johnson
District 21 $53,771 Dale Martin (D) Kent Smith, John E. Barnes Jr., Vincent Rosemond, and Willie Britt
District 27 $44,020 Kristina Daley Roegner (R) Patricia Goetz and Cliff Pinkney
District 13 $25,528 Nathan Manning (R) Anthony Eliopoulos and Joshua Garcia
District 17 $2,977 Bob Peterson (R) Garry Boone and Alex Trevino

The officeholders above are listed for the current districts they hold. However, this is a redistricting year, so candidates have been identified below as incumbents even if they are running in a different district than they currently hold.

#1 District 23 – $264,820

Incumbent Nickie Antonio raised $254,620 and Jeffrey Johnson raised $10,200.

Nickie Antonio advanced to the general election and Jeffrey Johnson withdrew.

#2 District 21 – $53,771

Kent Smith raised $46,671, John E. Barnes Jr. raised $7,100, Vincent Rosemond raised $0, and Willie Britt raised $0.

Kent Smith advanced to the general election with 61 percent of the vote, John E. Barnes Jr. received 39 percent of the vote, Vincent Rosemond withdrew, and Willie Britt was disqualified.

#3 District 27 – $44,020

Patricia Goetz raised $44,020 and Cliff Pinkney raised $0.

Patricia Goetz advanced to the general election and Cliff Pinkney withdrew.

#4 District 13 – $25,528

Anthony Eliopoulos raised $25,528 and Joshua Garcia raised $0.

Anthony Eliopoulos advanced to the general election and Joshua Garcia withdrew.

#5 District 17 – $2,977

Garry Boone raised $2,977 and Alex Trevino raised $0.

Garry Boone advanced to the general election and Alex Trevino withdrew.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Ohio PACs submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report Name Report Due Date
2021 Annual 1/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary 4/21/2022
2022 Post-Primary 6/10/2022
2022 Semiannual 7/29/2022
2022 Pre-General 10/27/2022
2022 Post-General 12/16/2022

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.




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