Ohio Dems have more to spend

Associated Press

TOLEDO

Four Ohio Democrats running for the U.S. House in key races have more money to spend in the final weeks leading up to the election than their Republican opponents, while two are at a financial disadvantage, campaign finance reports show.

It’s becoming more clear that Democrats are focusing on retaining lawmakers in four districts that are in swing territories and conservative leaning areas. Among them are freshman Rep. John Boccieri in Northeast Ohio, along with Reps. Zack Space in eastern Ohio, and Charlie Wilson in southeastern Ohio.

Groups backing Republicans have been running ads against Wilson, who represents a conservative-leaning district along the Ohio River. Wilson raised more money than Republican Bill Johnson over the third quarter and had three times as much cash on hand, with $690,000 at the end of September, compared with $229,000 for Johnson.

One of the most closely watched races is in Northeast Ohio where Boccieri, a first-term Democrat, faces Republican businessman Jim Renacci.

Renacci has spent nearly $500,000 of his own money on the campaign, but had less cash available at the end of September — $429,000 compared with Boccieri’s $748,700.

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