Governor Has $5.7 Million For Re-Election Campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Bob Taft (pictured, right) raised about $4.2 million last year, bringing his treasury to $5.7 million for his re-election campaign, a finance report filed Monday showed.

Taft, a Republican who has all but announced his intention to seek another four-year term, filed his annual campaign finance report with Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell four days ahead of Thursday's deadline.

The likely Democratic nominee, former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, has said he expects to file a report showing he raised $200,000 last year. His spokesman did not return a telephone message seeking comment.

Taft outspent Democrat Lee Fisher $10 million to $8 million in his 1998 gubernatorial campaign.

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