GOP congressional nominee Alex Mooney recently raised $160,000 more than Democrat Nick Casey, but the Casey campaign has $500,000 more cash available halfway through the year.
In southern West Virginia, the campaigns for U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and GOP state Sen. Evan Jenkins have each raised more than half a million dollars since April 1.
All four campaigns released some fundraising data Monday for the second quarter of the year, which ended June 30. Campaigns are required to report such information to the Federal Election Commission by July 15. None of the full reports were available online as of late Monday.
Mooney raised $498,000 during the time frame, compared to $332,000 for Casey over the same stretch, in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in the 2nd Congressional District.
“I am honored by the outpouring of support we have received from people who want a true conservative fighting for their jobs and their West Virginia values in Congress,” Mooney said in a statement released by the campaign.
Mooney served as a state senator and GOP chairman in Maryland before moving to West Virginia in 2013 and announcing his candidacy. He defeated several Republican challengers by at least 10 percentage points in the May primary.
The Casey camp championed the former state party chairman’s ability to raise $1.2 million since the start of the campaign. The Democratic nominee has $837,000 cash on hand, compared to $352,000 on hand for Mooney.
“Our campaign’s momentum has grown dramatically since the Primary Election in May, and I am so humbled to have a very diverse group of donors representing business, labor, Democrats and Republicans — all of whom are fed-up with our broken Congress,” Casey said in a news release from the campaign.
Casey’s campaign said he raised more than 80 percent of his contributions from within West Virginia, arguing Mooney continues to receive the vast majority of support from out-of-state donors.
The Casey news release also said the campaign received 34 percent of its donations from Republicans, mentioning the recent endorsements received by Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, City Council President Tom Lane and other location Republicans.
Mooney’s camp criticized Casey for his support of President Barack Obama during the 2008 election, when Casey was state Democratic Party chairman.
In the 3rd Congressional District, both candidates reported raising similar amounts of money during the second quarter.
Rahall’s campaign announced the longtime congressman raised $528,000 during the second quarter, giving Rahall $1.1 million on hand.
“These strong fundraising numbers are another sign that Representative Rahall’s message of fighting for West Virginia’s working families, seniors and way of life is resonating,” said Sam Raymond, Rahall’s campaign manager.
Any Sere, a consultant for the Jenkins campaign, said the state senator’s campaign raised “just over” $500,000 during the second quarter. He did not provide data about the campaign’s cash on hand, but said they spent $150,000 on television advertising during the quarter.
“The strong surge in Evan’s fundraising this quarter is a clear indication voters are ready for change after 38 years of failed representation,” Sere said.
The general election is Nov. 4.
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