[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/14/art.portman.gi.jpg caption="Rob Portman is the Republican frontrunner in the Ohio Senate race."](CNN) - Republican Rob Portman, the former congressman and George W. Bush cabinet official now running for Senate in Ohio, finished the latest fundraising period with a big cash advantage over the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher.
Portman raised $1.3 million in the last three months - more than double the amount of Fisher, who collected $620,000. Also good news for Republicans: Portman has over $5 million on hand, while Fisher has $1.6 million.
Fisher's rival for the Democratic nomination, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, has yet to release her third-quarter numbers, but has admitted raising less than she did in the second quarter, when she took in just $228,000. Some have questioned whether Brunner is planning to drop out of the race, but she has rejected that speculation, telling the Columbus Dispatch Thursday that she has replaced her campaign finance team.
Portman, too, is facing an intra-party challenge - from Cleveland car dealer Thomas Ganley, who has pledged to contribute up to $7 million to fund his campaign.
people vote for pragmatic policies rather than hate.so gop be warn.
rush the limpico lizard lost-lol
Republicans won't be elected in Ohio for a long time. We've had enough of "tax breaks for the rich" and "trickle-down voo-doo economics".
Ohio is struggling to survive and President Obama and a Democratic Congress have give us hope.
Somebody oughta to make sure that the GOP does not win any election in the next 100 years, to come. They have bull-dozed and cannibalized the country's economy so much that it needs a break from those nin-com-poops for at least a century.
OK Ohio you elected a democrat and look what you got. Time to elect the adults again and get Ohio working again.
I love this president and support him 100%. I think it is incredibly tasteless, the way the GOPers are acting.
I can't wait to re-elect the president.
Money doesn't win elections in states devestated by the Republican years...................people do. The cream always rises to the top.
Man, it sure smells like the demorats are on their way out and CHANGE IS COMING. About time.
He'd be awesome. Hope he wins.
Well, the first strike against Portman is that he is a republican.
The second is that he was on Bush's staff.
Am sure the people of Ohio are smart enough to not want any part of
the the party of extremists.
Considering the complete abyss this country has fallen into since the democrats took over congress in 2006, it defies belief how ANYONE could want to put a democrat in the house or senate!
The democrats took over control of congress; thus, they took control of the nation's purse strings and law making duties in 2006. What was unemployment in 2006? How was the economy GROWING in 2006? How many foreclosures and bankruptcies were there in 2006?
Democrat congress = disaster!
Brunner is a crook. She fixed Acorns votes. Karma, Brunner!!!
Republicans LOVE to brag don't they? You know what they say about folks who brag.
Portman is briliant and a man of deep conviction. He'll be a tremendous replacement for Voinovich. Too bad we have to wait until 2010 for the election.
NO republican should be elected to hear NO from them.
The rich donors for the GOP must really miss Bush. $5 million translates to a lot of favors that Portman will have to payback.
Republicans in the Senate have done more damage to this nation and been responsible for more American deaths than Al Qaeda. (I'm not exaggerating. Forty thousand Americans die every year because they don't have health insurance. That's ten times what Al Qaeda killed.)
The last thing America needs is another Conservative in the Senate. I hope the good voters of Ohio realize that.
Portman is a highly respected person in Ohio and across the country. Best wishes, Sen Portman.