The union-backed group pushing for the repeal of Ohio's new collective bargaining law has spent more than $17.3 million in the fight and has another $4.3 million on hand heading into the Nov. 8 election.
Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show We Are Ohio has raised a $19 million from July to mid-October. The coalition wants to overturn the law, which bans strikes by public worker and restricts their collective bargaining rights.
A vote by Ohio's elections chief means no extra hours for early voting at the board of elections in Montgomery County.
Elections board members were tied on the question of extended early voting. The Dayton Daily News reports Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted became the tie breaker and sided with GOP board members who did not want to stretch the absentee voting into the weekend and evenings.
A new independent poll finds Herman Cain surging and leading other contenders in Ohio for the Republican presidential nomination. That SAME poll, though, finds none of the G O P hopefuls strong enough to beat President Obama right now. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has the numbers.