Ohio Race Drew More GOP Governors' Money Than Any Other
By John Gramlich, Staff Writer
On Wednesday (November 17), the executive director of the Republican Governors Association put a price tag on the importance of the office, when he told The Columbus Dispatch that the group spent $11 million to help elect John Kasich - more than it spent in any other state. Nick Ayers also acknowledged that 2012 was front-and-center in the RGA's thoughts when deciding where to allocate resources.
"We were as aware as the White House was of what it meant for national politics," Ayers said, according to The Dispatch . He noted that President Obama himself has traveled to Ohio a dozen times since taking office, including several times in the weeks prior to the election in an unsuccessful effort to help return Democrat Ted Strickland to the governor's office.
Nationwide, the RGA spent $102 million on governor's races this year, according to Ayers. The group is hosting its annual conference in San Diego this week, where it is welcoming not only Kasich but the newly elected Republican governors of other battleground states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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