Marty Schladen The Columbus Dispatch
The Republican Governor‘s Association announced Thursday that it will spend $20 million this fall in four key states, including Ohio.
Politico first reported the ad buy, but RGA Communications Director Jon Thompson told the Dispatch that of the total, $4.3 million will be spent in Ohio during the last six weeks of the election.
The group will spend the same amount in Nevada, $9.4 million in Florida and $3.3 million in Arizona.
The money will go toward pre-booked television ads.
Republicans have held the governorship in Ohio for all but four of the last 26 years. But with President Donald Trump‘s popularity low, Democrats‘ hopes in the Buckeye State are high.
Former U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray is expected to bring some of former President Barack Obama‘s fundraising machinery into his campaign. Also running on the Democratic side are former U.S. Rep. and Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O‘Neill, Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni and Cleveland physician Jon Heavey.
The RGA ads will air in support of whoever wins the May 8 Republican Primary — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine or Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.