Ohio Tops DNC's Spending List

Ohio Tops DNC's Spending List

By Erin McPike - October 18, 2010

In the Democratic National Committee's final cash transfers to state parties, Ohio came out on top again.

According to a list provided by DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse, the DNC sent another $500,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party in October, making it the top state party receiving funds to date in 2010. The national party has given $1.2 million to the Florida Democratic organization and $1.3 million to Ohio's.

No states other than Florida and Ohio have received more than $1 million from the DNC this year. Georgia collected the third-most money, receiving $750,000 from the DNC since January. Georgia's governor's race is competitive between former Republican Rep. Nathan Deal and former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes.

But Ohio and Florida feature the nation's most competitive and high-stakes gubernatorial races: Democratic strategists agree that having the governorships in both would provide the best cushion for President Obama's re-election efforts in 2012.

Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland is six percentage points behind Republican challenger John Kasich in the RealClearPolitics polling average, while Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink is 1.6 points ahead of Republican opponent Rick Scott in the RCP average.

In both states, however, Senate races that were originally competitive have broken strongly for the Republicans.

Republican Marco Rubio's lead is 16.2 points ahead of Gov. Charlie Crist, an independent, and even further ahead of Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek in the RCP average in the Florida Senate race.

And in Ohio, Democrat Lee Fisher trails Republican Rob Portman by 18.5 points in the RCP average. At the end of September, Portman swamped Fisher in cash on hand with $6.2 million to Fisher's $376,000. Democratic strategists have all but written off the Senate race in the Buckeye State, but they believe Strickland still has a strong chance to win the governor's race.

ODP executive director Doug Kelly said of his organization's collection, "The DNC's strong investment in Ohio reflects the strategic importance of re-electing Gov. Ted Strickland, as well as a high degree of confidence in the GOTV program built by the Ohio Democratic Party and Organizing for America."

Other states receiving smaller transfers in October included Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina and Maine. The DNC also sent checks for $1.8 million apiece to each of the party's congressional campaign committees.

Erin McPike is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ErinMcPike.

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