Good news for the campaign of former Congressman Rob Portman, who is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by George Voinovich – during the second quarter of 2009, he raised $1.7 million compared to the $900,000 raised by Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and $228,000 of Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, both Democrats. This brings the amount Portman’s raised to $3.4 million to Fisher’s $1.9 million and Brunner’s $435,000 (Heads up from RedState and Ohio Politics Online).
Now fundraising dollars aren’t everything, but as you move more locally in the scope of an election, the monetary advantage can become more apparent. And it can be an indicator of a candidate’s ability to motivate the base. From the monetary totals on the Democratic side, Jennifer Brunner’s paltry sum leads me to believe that it will be Lee Fisher bearing the standard for the donkeys in 2010.
That would set up an interesting race where both Fisher and his boss Gov. Ted Strickland would be up for election. As key members of the same administration, their political fates are undoubtedly linked. It would be difficult to imagine that Ohio voters would reward one but spurn the other, and as Ohio’s economy continues to slide and dissatisfaction with Strickland’s lackluster gubernatorial performance continues to mount, the case will be harder to make for both Fisher and Strickland that they deserve Ohio’s votes.
It leaves Portman with growing momentum heading into the contest next year. The ball seems to be bouncing toward his court, so it’ll be interesting to watch the coming debate within the Buckeye state.