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Ohio Republican candidates have spent $28.8 million more than Democrats

In Ohio, state-level candidates have spent $73.5 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Oct. 19, 2022. Democratic candidates have spent $21.3 million and Republican candidates have spent $50.5 million. 

Ohio Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 10/19/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/19/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 236 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have spent the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal spent
1.Nan Whaley$7,649,680.15
2.John Cranley$3,183,605.84
3.Jennifer Brunner$631,830.36
4.Terri Jamison$434,895.16
5.Dani Isaacsohn$428,562.88
6.Jeffrey Crossman$393,757.45
7.Allison Russo$378,833.16
8.Casey Weinstein$331,423.59
9.Patricia Goetz$328,221.58
10.Nickie Antonio$263,209.80

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/19/2022)

During the same time period, 241 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported expenditures for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal spent
1.Richard Michael DeWine$13,597,109.39
2.James Renacci$4,901,473.51
3.Frank Larose$3,092,038.57
4.David Yost$2,808,457.36
5.Sharon Kennedy$1,849,105.67
6.Pat Dewine$1,539,188.98
7.Robert Sprague$1,183,218.96
8.Pat Fischer$1,007,558.41
9.Matthew Huffman$865,382.29
10.Jay Edwards$852,515.73

In some states, officeholders may make expenditures from their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those expenditures are included in candidate campaign finance numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Florida candidate PACs submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

StateReport NameDue Date
OH2021 Annual1/31/2022
OH2022 Pre-Primary4/21/2022
OH2022 Post-Primary6/10/2022
OH2022 Semiannual7/29/2022
OH2022 Pre-General10/27/2022
OH2022 Post-General12/16/2022

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.



All candidates for Attorney General of Ohio complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Attorney General of Ohio—incumbent Dave Yost (R) and Jeff Crossman (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

This is one of 30 attorney general seats on the ballot in 2022. All 50 states have an attorney general who serves as the state’s chief legal officer. The attorney general enforces state law and advises the state government on legal matters. Ohio is one of 27 states with a Republican attorney general, and one of 23 states with a Republican party triplex.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?  

Yost:               

  • “Protecting the unprotected”
  • “Upholding the rule of law”
  • “Defending the Constitution”

Crossman:           

  • “Ohioans are constantly being ripped off and our cost of living is rising due in part to the inept Columbus politicians, statehouse corruption, and bad faith politics.”
  • “Protecting our civil rights and inherent freedoms is paramount as Attorney General.”
  • “We must fight for Ohio workers and make sure Ohio remains a “workers first” state.”

Click here to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area to fill out the survey.

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Kaptur faces Majewski in one of 13 U.S. House districts Democrats are defending that Donald Trump won in 2020

Incumbent Marcy Kaptur (D) and J.R. Majewski (R) are running in the general election for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District on November 8, 2022.

The partisan composition of the 9th District changed following redistricting after the 2020 census. Joe Biden (D) defeated Donald Trump (R) in the old 9th District, 59% to 40%. Trump defeated Biden in the redrawn 9th District 51% to 48%, making it one of 13 U.S. House districts Democrats are defending that Trump won in 2020.

Kaptur was first elected in 1982, making her the longest-tenured woman in the 117th Congress. Kaptur says strengthening the economy is her top priority, saying, “unfair trade agreements, Wall Street recklessness, and federal policies favoring large corporations and the wealthy have decimated America’s middle-class … It’s time to put people first again.”

Majewski works in the nuclear industry in project management positions. In a Candidate Connection survey submitted to Ballotpedia, Majewski described himself as “the America First Candidate” and said he would “Bring back good paying American jobs … Maintain a strong national defense and stop the endless wars.” Read his full responses here.

The outcome of this race will affect the partisan balance of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 118th Congress. All 435 House districts are up for election. As of November 1, 2022, Democrats held a 220-212 majority in the U.S. House with three vacancies. Republicans need to gain a net of five districts to win a majority in the chamber.



All candidates for Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals— Tom Puffenberger (D) and Charles Sulek (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The District Courts of Appeal are the intermediate appellate courts for the state of Ohio. The courts are established by Article IV, Section 1 of the Ohio Constitution, and their jurisdiction is outlined in Article IV, Section 3. The District Courts of Appeal primarily hear appeals from the Common Pleas, Municipal and County courts. 

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Puffenberger:

  • “Experience matters. I have experience in all areas of the law, including civil and criminal jury trial experience.”
  • “I am committed to deciding cases based on the law, regardless of my personal beliefs or opinions. There is no place for politics in the judiciary.”
  • “I am committed to the area in which I would serve. I am extremely active in the community and have a vested interest in keeping Northwest Ohio safe, and keeping it a wonderful place to raise a family.”

Sulek:

  • “Charlie’s experience, which includes working as a Judicial Attorney at the Ohio Supreme Court, an assistant prosecuting attorney, and in private practice as a civil litigation attorney, has prepared him to be your judge. He will be effective from day one.”
  • “Charlie will be fair and impartial, will uphold the rule of law, and will protect the rights of all individuals.”
  • “Charlie believes we need judges that are competent, hardworking, and committed to making decisions based on the law.”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area to fill out the survey.

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Ohio intermediate appellate court elections, 2022



Ohio Republican candidates have raised $38.3 million more than Democrats

In Ohio, state-level candidates have raised $91.7 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Oct. 19, 2022. Democratic candidates have raised $25.7 million and Republican candidates have raised $64.0 million. 

Ohio Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 10/19/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 10/19/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 237 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Ohio Secretary of State. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have raised the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal Raised
1.Nan Whaley$8,400,308.78
2.John Cranley$2,912,139.10
3.Jennifer Brunner$1,271,868.63
4.Terri Jamison$827,859.20
5.Jeffrey Crossman$557,036.24
6.Allison Russo$504,339.67
7.Casey Weinstein$426,376.08
8.Dani Isaacsohn$387,868.73
9.Nickie Antonio$365,536.41
10.Kathleen Clyde$362,136.50

Top 10 Republican candidates, by donations (1/1/2021 – 10/19/2022)

During the same time period, 239 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Ohio Secretary of State. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported donations for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal Raised
1.Richard Michael DeWine$19,917,321.66
2.David Yost$3,597,521.13
3.Frank Larose$3,233,322.04
4.Sharon Kennedy$2,266,848.95
5.Keith Faber$1,848,921.05
6.Pat Dewine$1,759,620.26
7.Kristina Daley Roegner$1,420,122.48
8.James Renacci$1,411,518.63
9.Pat Fischer$1,203,997.84
10.Matthew Huffman$1,186,838.69

In some states, officeholders may accept donations to their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those donations are included in candidate campaign finance numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Ohio candidate PACs submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date*
2021 Annual1/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary4/21/2022
2022 Post-Primary6/10/2022
2022 Semiannual7/29/2022
2022 Pre-General10/27/2022
2022 Post-General12/16/2022
*Some Ohio report dates were subject to change due to rescheduled elections.

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.



Campaign finance deadline today in Ohio

Candidates and organizations involved in Ohio’s statewide elections must file campaign finance information by October 27, 2022. The general election will take place in Ohio on November 8, 2022.

What state-level offices are on the ballot this year in Ohio?

Want to review the campaign finance data in Ohio so far? Click here to explore the data on Transparency USA.

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. 



These are the most expensive contested elections in the Ohio Senate

Elections for 17 of 33 seats in the Ohio State Senate will take place on Nov. 8, 2022. Republicans hold a 25-8 majority heading into the election.

This article details the five most expensive contested general elections in the State Senate.

This information comes from candidate reports to the Ohio Secretary of State covering the period of Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Five general elections with the most fundraising

#1 District 27 – $384,881

Incumbent Kristina Daley Roegner (R) raised $347,245 and Patricia Goetz (D) raised $37,636.

#2 District 17 – $253,738

Shane Wilkin (R) raised $250,761 and Garry Boone (D) raised $2,977.

#3 District 23 – $250,995

Incumbent Nickie Antonio (D) raised $250,995 and Landry Simmons Jr. (R) raised $0.

#4 District 13 – $239,980

Incumbent Nathan Manning (R) raised $220,867 and Anthony Eliopoulos (D) raised $19,112.

#5 District 33 – $205,624

Incumbent Michael Rulli (R) raised $205,624 and Bob Hagan (D) raised $0.The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Ohio PACs submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. 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. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

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.



These are the most expensive contested elections in the Ohio House

Elections for all 99 seats in the Ohio House of Representatives will take place on Nov. 8, 2022. Republicans hold a 64-35 majority heading into the election.

This article details the five most expensive contested general elections in the House of Representatives.

This information comes from candidate reports to the Ohio Secretary of State covering the period of Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Five general elections with the most fundraising

#1 District 94 – $478,558

Incumbent Jay Edwards (R) raised $478,558 and Rhyan Goodman (D) raised $0.

#2 District 17 – $428,714

Incumbent Thomas Patton (R) raised $428,614 and Troy Greenfield (D) raised $100.

#3 District 89 – $322,852

Incumbent D.J. Swearingen (R) raised $138,556 and Jim Obergefell (D) raised $184,296.

#4 District 35 – $314,952

Steve Demetriou (R) raised $314,952 and Lori O’Neill (D) raised $0.

#5 District 39 – $304,187

Incumbent Phil Plummer (R) raised $304,187 and Leronda Jackson (D) raised $0.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Ohio PACs submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. 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. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

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.



All candidates for Ohio House of Representatives District 19 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Ohio House of Representatives District 19 — incumbent Phil Robinson (D) and Ron Brough (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Ohio’s state legislature. Ohio is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Nowicki:       

“As the ranking member of the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee and Senior Executive of a national education nonprofit, I am passionate about investing in and improving Ohio schools, ensuring every child has access to a high quality education.”

Brough:       

“I’m passionate about giving individuals the right to Govern themselves so they can reach their God-given potential.”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area to fill out the survey.

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All candidates for Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Ohio complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Ohio — Jessica Barwell and Julie Lynch — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the Franklin County Courts website, the Court of Common Pleas General Division has “original jurisdictional authority over all felony cases and all civil cases in which the sum or matter in dispute exceeds $15,000.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Barwell:

“I believe in ‘Blindfold Justice’ for everyone that will enter my courtroom. I believe that all persons accused of a crime in my courtroom will receive fair justice regardless of who is representing them, their socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and most importantly, their race.”   

Lynch:   

“Safety of my community. The gun violence is out of control. Young adults have easy access to firearms and that is leading to so many deaths and assaults. I am passionate about finding a way out of this gun violence culture that is so prevalent in our community.”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area to fill out the survey.

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