CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Republican Attorney General-elect Patrick Morrisey pulled a half-million dollars from his pocket in the final weeks of this year's election, according to a campaign finance report filed this week.
All told, Morrisey spent $1.4 million of his own money to beat Democratic incumbent Darrell McGraw on Nov. 6.
Morrisey's personal wealth funded the lion's share of his nearly $2 million campaign. In the last weeks of a close race, Morrisey lent himself $501,000 between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2.
McGraw's campaign raised $236,000 from others during the year.
Out-of-state groups swooped in to prop up both candidates, and Morrisey received significantly more outside help than McGraw.
In the end, Morrisey won by 16,000 votes.
Morrisey's campaign spokesman, Scott Will, said the personal investment was necessary.
"Attorney General-elect Morrisey is passionately dedicated to serving West Virginia as an honest and fair Attorney General, but elections are expensive, particularly when running against a 20-year incumbent," Will said.
"Patrick invested so much personally in this race because he wanted to take the Attorney General's office in a very different direction, in terms of tackling federal overreach and creating a much more predictable and favorable business environment. Patrick gave up a large and successful law practice to run for office because he values public service and wants to advance ethics reforms that help our state. Sometimes one person can make a difference."
The figures were revealed by post-election campaign finance reports due this week to the Secretary of State's Office.
Justice Robin Davis, an incumbent Democrat, was another self-funded winner. She put $860,000 of her own money into her $1.3 million re-election campaign.
Unlike Morrisey, Davis has not held a post-election fundraiser to repay the money she plugged into her campaign.
Morrisey held a fundraiser earlier this month to recoup his losses.
Other self-financers did not fare so well.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney spent $1.8 million of his own money and lost to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for the second time in two years.
Maloney and Tomblin faced each other in last year's special election for a one-year term. Tomblin's campaign was able to use donations to outspend Maloney in 2011, even though Maloney put in $2.4 million of his own money.
This year, Tomblin again outspent Maloney. Tomblin's campaign -- fueled entirely by donations, including support from nearly every major special interest group in the state -- spent $3.4 million.
Maloney spent $2.9 million but had to rely on his own wealth for two-thirds of that.
Candidates who fund their own campaigns generally lose, according to reviews of self-funded campaigns nationwide.
Tomblin beat Maloney by 32,000 votes.
Tish Chafin, a Democratic candidate for state Supreme Court, put $1 million into her race earlier in the year. Her final post-election report was not yet available online Thursday.
Chafin finished fourth in a field of four. The two candidates with the most votes won seats on the state's high court.
Chafin finished almost 10,000 votes behind the third-place finisher, Berkeley County Circuit Court Judge John Yoder, who spent less than $38,000 on his race.
Republican Allen Loughry came in second to Davis and won a seat on the court.
He finished more than 25,000 votes ahead of Yoder and 10,000 behind Davis. He spent about $452,000. Much of that money came from a public financing system created by the state Legislature and with the support of Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. The state Supreme Court partially dismantled the program based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
In another race with self-funded candidates, Republican agriculture commissioner candidate Kent Leonhardt lost after he put $95,000 of his own money into his $147,000 campaign.
Democratic Sen. Walt Helmick defeated Leonhardt by more than 19,000 votes.
Helmick put $25,000 of his own money into his campaign, but the seasoned senator was able to raise more than $200,000 from donors and outspend Leonhardt.