Ohio Senate: DeWine's imaginary cash advantage over Brown

It sometimes seems an unalterable truism in the American political system that, unless a Democrat happens to have been born into an incredibly wealthy family, his or her Republican opponent will always have more cash in the bank with which to wage a scorched-earth smear campaign to victory. Similar to how much better women often have to be in the workplace to keep pace with a less-qualified male, Democratic candidates need to constantly be one better than their GOP foes to run a competitive race.

Unfair to be sure but, in a system bought and paid for by corporate entities and lobbying groups, it's an advantage that Republicans always seem to have.

And even in the wake of news that the national Republican party is bailing on Mike DeWine in the Ohio Senate race -- basically conceding the contest from three weeks out to Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown -- the GOP and the press continue to regard it as a non-event, based on the whopping cash advantage DeWine is said to enjoy over Brown.

"Mr. DeWine has proved to be a successful fund-raiser on his own, and, with $4.5 million on hand, already enjoys a large financial advantage over his Democratic opponent, Representative Sherrod Brown," said the New York Times story Monday, in which the Republican party is described as moving on to more winnable races in Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia. "He is not dependent on financial support to keep campaigning."

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