Presidential campaign dollars flow into Ohio

(WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
(WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)  Presidential candidates are already pouring their money into the Buckeye State for Ohio’s primary next month.

According to the Federal Elections Committee (FEC), already candidates have spent $3.5 million on campaign efforts for the March 15th election.

Governor John Kasich (R) has spent a couple thousand dollars and it’s to target fellow GOP hopeful, Donald Trump.

Wright State University political professor Dr. Lee Hannah says more money may pour into Ohio.

Most presidential candidates are putting their money towards Super Tuesday, the March 1st primary elections in several states.

Dr. Hannah says Kasich is gaining speed and money from donors, and depending if someone drops out and who that candidate is, Ohio’s governor may be see some more dollar signs.

It could mean him spending more money and attention in his homestate.

“Kasich had a great showing in New Hampshire; money came in a couple of campaigns dropped out with candidates that are maybe similar to him philosophically,” Hannah said, “Some of those donors, like Chris Christie’s, immediately moved money into his camps so he’s doing well right now; however, a few weeks in a row of poor showing, especially if Rubio or Bush were to catch fire, you’re going to see the money dip so for him he has to stay on the map.”

One question left for some is what happens to all those campaign dollars when a candidate drops out.

Dr. Hannah says the candidate can either give it back to his or her donors, give it to a charity or the candidate’s political party, which is often expected and highly favored.

The last option is to save those millions for another run in 2020. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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