The campaign spending of state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, on the May 6 Republican primary election dwarfs that of both his challengers.
Hite is opposed by Corey Shankleton, of Kunkle, and Milo Schaffner, of Van Wert.
According to pre-election finance reports filed this week with the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, Hite has raised $54,833 in donations and in-kind contributions. He spent $57,585 during the reporting period. Hite brought forward $57,081 from previous campaigns, and has a balance of $43,431.
Between his opponents, Schaffner has raised the most, but spent less.
Schaffner reported $6,420 in donations, and $2,336 in spending. He has a balance of $4,083.
Shankleton received $2,820 in contributions, and reported $3,189 in expenditures. His campaign has a negative balance of $393.
Courier reporter Denise Grant will have more on Saturday.