Sen. Rob Portman raised $3.8 million inside the second quarter on this year, based on his campaign aides, putting the Ohio Republican on pace to finance a bruising advertising campaign in their race against former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.
Portman finished June with more than $13 million readily available. In the $3.8 million Portman raised this spring, about $1 million may go on the Ohio Republican Party plus the rest to his campaign.
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Much of Portman’s war chest should go toward his planned $15 million advertising campaign in Ohio this fall targeted at attacking Strickland and blunting any down-ticket drag from Donald Trump. Polls suggest the race is actually tied.
Strickland haven’t reported his latest fundraising quarter, but had $2.7 million around at the conclusion of March, after raising $1.5 million at the beginning of 4 seasons.
Accordingly, officials for that two campaigns traded insults covering the massive fundraising disparity in the race.
"Ted Strickland does not have any money, no field program, and he requirements to rely upon vast amounts of money in misleading TV ads from Harry Reid’s out-of-state liberal Super PAC," said Portman campaign manager Corry Bliss.
Strickland spokesman David Bergstein shot back: "Portman’s rich and powerful friends are giving him millions as they want him in D.C. to go on pushing their agenda with the expense of Ohio’s working families."
Ohio would be the most costly Senate race this cycle, with tens of millions committed already on behalf of both Portman and Strickland. In excess of $26 million continues to be spent there already by outside groups, reported by FEC filings.