Mar 6, 2024 - News

Ohio political donors favor Trump in '24 race

Ohio presidential campaign contributions from large donors
Data: Federal Election Commission; Note: Individual contributions of less than $200 are not required to be reported to the FEC; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The Donald is dominating among Ohio's biggest political donors.

The big picture: Former President Trump has raised nearly twice as much as President Biden among Ohio residents who contributed $200 or more this election cycle, per Federal Election Commission data.

Between the lines: That's a reversal of fortune compared to nationwide numbers, where Biden leads Trump in fundraising by $17 million.

Zoom in: Trump drew support from nearly 52,000 Ohio donors — far more than his competitors.

  • Nikki Haley reported 11,491 large donations in Ohio and Biden's campaign reported 7,787.

Honorable mention: Columbus' own Vivek Ramaswamy was a hit with statewide donors before he dropped out of the GOP primary.

  • He counted large donations from 2,768 Ohio residents, and we were his fourth most successful state for fundraising, behind California, Florida and Texas, per FEC data.

What's next: The March 19 primary is just under two weeks away.

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