- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Since this summer, majority Republicans in the state Senate have raised nearly seven times the campaign cash as their Democratic counterparts.

Campaign finance reports on Friday show that the Republican Senate Campaign Committee took in about $1.6 million since their last filing in July. The GOP campaign committee has about $3.3 million on hand to spend headed into the election year.

Senate Democrats reported about $234,000 in contributions, with more than $166,000 on hand. Democrats hold 10 of 33 seats in the chamber.

Republicans maintained a significant money advantage in the Ohio House, where they hold 65 of 99 seats. Their campaign committee raised about $2.3 million and had a balance of nearly $4.4 million.

House Democrats reported raising almost $448,000 since the summer and about $643,000 on hand.

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