Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D-Ohio) upped his fundraising in the fourth quarter, but he is likely to fall even further behind former Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in their Senate race.
Fisher's campaign reports that it raised $780,000, which is an improvement on its $620,000 third quarter but still isn't in the $1 million neighborhood, which is where major big-state candidates are generally supposed to be.
Portman has yet to release his figures, but he has raised at least $1.3 million each of the last three quarters, including two quarters of $1.7 million. He also had $5.1 million on hand at the end of September, which is double what Fisher would have even if he banked all $780,000 at the end of 2009.
Fisher's campaign did not list a cash on hand number in its release. His primary opponent, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, has yet to release her figures. Her campaign has been marked by shoddy fundraising numbers.