But he's going to need every penny he's got and more.
If freshman Democratic Rep. Zack Space of Dover is going to face a big GOP challenge next year, he will go into the fight armed with a lot of campaign cash.
The man Republicans consider an accidental congressman because he won in the wake of the political flameout and corruption conviction of former Rep. Bob Ney, R-Heath, raised more than $316,000 during the year’s second quarter.
Since the 2008 cycle began, Space has raked in more than $571,000 and had more than $439,000 on hand as of June 30, according to his Federal Elections Commission report. At least three Republicans have begun raising money for a run at Space. The most flush with campaign cash as of June 30 was Paul Phillips, a former B-1 bomber pilot who retired last year from the Air Force to take over his father's Chillicothe law practice, with nearly $56,000 on hand. Also raising money, though in smaller amounts last quarter, are Republicans Jeanette Moll of Zanesville and Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association.
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