KEY RACE: Stratton Campaign Donations Boosted

Bolstered by an infusion of $150,000 in just six weeks, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton has stretched her fund-raising lead in the closest race on the statewide ballot.

Because current Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor is well ahead of her opponent, Democrat Tim Black, many contributors are redirecting their money to Stratton.

"When the polls showed that O'Connor had a large lead, some of the donors decided to give to Stratton instead,'' a Republican strategist said. "That would account for Stratton's larger war chest.''

Stratton has generated about $1.6 million, compared with more than $1 million for Burnside.

More than two-thirds of the Democrat's money comes from trial lawyers and lobbyists. She has received nearly $100,000 in contributions from unions.

In the race for an open seat on the court, O'Connor, currently lieutenant governor, has raised $1.5 million.

Her opponent, Tim Black, has raised nearly $1.3 million, but spent nearly all the money he raised through Oct. 16. More than half of the Cincinnati judge's money has come from lawyers and about $200,000 from unions.

Read the full story in the Columbus Dispatch (Subscription site - paid access only).

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