Capito passes $4 million in total fundraising
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., continues to amass a sizeable war chest for her campaign to succeed Sen. Jay Rockeller, D-W.Va.
The Capito campaign has more than $3.2 million on hand after raising roughly $777,500 during the third quarter of the year, campaign manager Chris Hansen said.
That means she's raised more than $4.1 million since announcing her campaign in late 2012, Hansen said.
"West Virginia wants a Senator with a proven track record of standing up to President Obama and his out-of-control spending, fighting the EPA and their anti-coal policies and working to defeat Obamacare," Capito said in a prepared statement.
"That is why I am going to continue to work hard over the next year so that we can win on Election Day and bring West Virginia values to the United States Senate."
The six-term congresswoman raised about $770,000 last quarter, giving her about $2.87 million cash on hand at the time. She raised about $921,000 in the first quarter.
The third quarter wrapped up Sept. 30. As of that day, a total of 2,241 West Virginians contributed to the Capito campaign, Hansen said.
"From the day I first entered this race we knew we could not win without a strong, grassroots campaign to carry us across the finish line," Capito said in the same emailed statement.
"The fact that thousands of West Virginians have donated both their money and time to this campaign is truly humbling."
Capito announced her candidacy in late 2012. In early January, Rockefeller said he would not seek re-election.
Long rumored to be interested in seeking the Democratic nomination, in September Secretary of State Natalie Tennant officially announced her candidacy. Tennant officially kicked off her campaign a few days before the fundraising deadline for the third quarter.
A Tennant spokeswoman said the campaign would be ready to discuss its fundraising totals next week. Federal candidates must file fundraising reports for the third quarter by Tuesday.
Political pundits said the GOP stood a good chance of winning the seat before Tennant entered the race.
Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Larry Sabato, a political analyst at the University of Virginia who writes 'Sabato's Crystal Ball,' both say Tennant's candidacy makes the race closer but still believe Republicans have the advantage.