Bill Clinton in the Buckeye State Friday - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Bill Clinton in the Buckeye State Friday

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton plans to speak to fellow Democrats in Ohio as he helps raise money in one of the nation's top presidential battleground states.

About 2,350 people are expected to attend the Ohio Democratic Party party's annual state dinner on Friday night in Columbus, party officials said.

 Clinton's visit comes as his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, weighs a second bid for the White House. The former secretary of state has been on a book tour this week that has attracted intense media attention and resembled the frenetic pace of a campaign kickoff.

Hillary Clinton won Ohio's Democratic primary in 2008 over eventual nominee, President Barack Obama. Her husband carried Ohio both times in his presidential elections.

The former president remains in heavy demand as a fundraiser and adviser. He also has been helping Democrats battle to keep their U.S. Senate majority and win other races.

The dinner is the state party's largest fundraising event, said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. Asked how much the party would take in, he said, "A lot."

Democrats will need it going into the fall elections. Republican Gov. John Kasich has amassed a sizeable fundraising advantage over his Democratic challenger, Ed FitzGerald.

The first-term governor had banked $8.5 million, compared with the $1.5 million that FitzGerald had on hand this spring. The figures were from campaign finance reports filed in April, though updated numbers are expected on Friday.

Kasich also has been running ahead of FitzGerald in recent polls.

In a Quinnipiac University poll last month, Kasich led FitzGerald 50 percent to 35 percent while two out of three voters in Ohio said they didn't don't know enough about the Cuyahoga County executive to form an opinion of him.

Just over half of those surveyed gave Kasich a favorable mark on how he has handled the economy and jobs, which are the top two issues among voters, according to the poll. The survey of 1,174 Ohio voters was conducted by phone from May 7 to 12. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

  • Your VoteMore>>

  • Election Results

    YOUR VOTE 2014 -- August 5th Election Results

    Election Results

    Stay with 13abc.com for the latest election results on-air and online!
    Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide a number of issues in our area. Stay with 13abc.com for the latest election results on-air and online!
  • Federal officials warn of counterfeit sports items

    Federal officials warn of counterfeit sports items

    Federal officials are cautioning sports fans to help protect themselves against counterfeit merchandise and tickets as professional football season gets underway.
    Federal officials are cautioning sports fans to help protect themselves against counterfeit merchandise and tickets as professional football season gets underway.
  • Fitzgerald campaigns in Toledo

    Fitzgerald campaigns in Toledo

    Saturday, September 6 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-09-07 02:16:16 GMT
     Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed Fitzgerald, was in the crowd during a rally promoting Democratic candidates at Indiana Baptist Church in Downtown Toledo.
     Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed Fitzgerald, was in the crowd during a rally promoting Democratic candidates at Indiana Baptist Church in Downtown Toledo.
  • RegionalMore>>

  • U. of Michigan plans $168M athletic facility

    U. of Michigan plans $168M athletic facility

    The University of Michigan wants to build a $168 million multi-use facility for its Division I Olympic sports, including track, tennis, cross country, rowing, soccer and lacrosse.
    The University of Michigan wants to build a $168 million multi-use facility for its Division I Olympic sports, including track, tennis, cross country, rowing, soccer and lacrosse.
  • Michigan lawmakers cracking down on human trafficking

    Michigan lawmakers cracking down on human trafficking

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:45 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:45:05 GMT
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers plan to proceed with a bill making it easier for the government to seize property linked to suspected illegal activity. The legislation up for a vote Tuesday in the state House allows for the forfeiture of homes, cash and other assets in home invasion and rape cases. It's designed to crack down on human trafficking. The bill lets law enforcement take property and not give notice of forfeiture for 56 days. The current deadline is seven days. Supporte...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers plan to proceed with a bill making it easier for the government to seize property linked to suspected illegal activity. The legislation up for a vote Tuesday in the state House allows for the forfeiture of homes, cash and other assets in home invasion and rape cases. It's designed to crack down on human trafficking. The bill lets law enforcement take property and not give notice of forfeiture for 56 days. The current deadline is seven days. Supporte...
  • MI simulates oil spill

    MI simulates oil spill

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:38:10 GMT
    Emergency response agencies will participate this week in an exercise simulating a worst-case spill from oil pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan.
    Emergency response agencies will participate this week in an exercise simulating a worst-case spill from oil pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Police searching for carjacking suspects

    Police searching for carjacking suspects

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:24:27 GMT
    Toledo Police are looking for two carjacking suspects. Officers tell 13abc a man was trying to help a woman jump start her car when he was shot in the hand. That's when two men took off with the woman's car.
    Toledo Police are looking for two carjacking suspects. Officers tell 13abc a man was trying to help a woman jump start her car when he was shot in the hand. That's when two men took off with the woman's car.
  • U. of Michigan plans $168M athletic facility

    U. of Michigan plans $168M athletic facility

    The University of Michigan wants to build a $168 million multi-use facility for its Division I Olympic sports, including track, tennis, cross country, rowing, soccer and lacrosse.
    The University of Michigan wants to build a $168 million multi-use facility for its Division I Olympic sports, including track, tennis, cross country, rowing, soccer and lacrosse.
  • Michigan lawmakers cracking down on human trafficking

    Michigan lawmakers cracking down on human trafficking

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:45 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:45:05 GMT
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers plan to proceed with a bill making it easier for the government to seize property linked to suspected illegal activity. The legislation up for a vote Tuesday in the state House allows for the forfeiture of homes, cash and other assets in home invasion and rape cases. It's designed to crack down on human trafficking. The bill lets law enforcement take property and not give notice of forfeiture for 56 days. The current deadline is seven days. Supporte...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers plan to proceed with a bill making it easier for the government to seize property linked to suspected illegal activity. The legislation up for a vote Tuesday in the state House allows for the forfeiture of homes, cash and other assets in home invasion and rape cases. It's designed to crack down on human trafficking. The bill lets law enforcement take property and not give notice of forfeiture for 56 days. The current deadline is seven days. Supporte...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!