Gov. Kasich maintains big fundraising lead in Ohio

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, and his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. Kasich and Fitzgerald won’t face each other in debates ahead of Election Day. The campaign of the Republican governor says he’s seeking other opportunities to discuss his plans for Ohio’s future. (AP Photos/Tony Dejak, File)
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, and his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. Kasich and Fitzgerald won’t face each other in debates ahead of Election Day. The campaign of the Republican governor says he’s seeking other opportunities to discuss his plans for Ohio’s future. (AP Photos/Tony Dejak, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich is maintaining a big money advantage over Democrat Ed FitzGerald heading into the final weeks of the campaign.

State campaign finance out Thursday show Kasich has $4.6 million in the bank. FitzGerald is left with just under $250,000.

FitzGerald — the Cuyahoga County executive — has been consistently behind Kasich in the polls and fundraising.

FitzGerald’s fundraising has trailed off, as he raised just $34,000 over the last three weeks.

He already has said he won’t have money to air television commercials before the Nov. 4 election.

Filings show Kasich has pulled in $636,000 during the past three weeks.

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