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GOP candidates in 35th district have more cash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Republicans running for Kanawha County's 35th House of Delegates district have a sizable cash advantage over Democrats heading into the final weeks of the campaign.

The four Republican candidates — incumbent Delegate Eric Nelson, Suzette Raines, J.B. McCuskey and Fred Joseph — have a combined total of nearly $103,000 in cash on hand, according to recent campaign filings with the Secretary of State's Office.

By comparison, Democrats Christopher Morris, Doug Skaff, Bonnie Brown and Bobbie Hatfield, have just under $68,000. The latter three are incumbents.  

The race already had drawn a fair share of money this year, with candidates amassing more than $250,000 in the months ahead of the primary election.

The money flowing to the four-member 35th District race was about three times the amount being collected in the neighboring three-member 36th District.

The trends have continued in the general election.

Nelson has the most on hand of any candidate.

The South Hills Republican had $47,401 in his campaign war chest as of last Friday's filing deadline.

Nelson relied mostly on his name recognition ahead of the May primary, and as a result has  spent only about $19,000 of the $62,000 he has raised this year.

Republican newcomer J.B. McCuskey has raised the most money of any candidate so far this year. McCuskey has raised $77,788 to date, with $38,625 in contributions coming in after the primary. He has about $29,000 on hand.

Most of his money came from fundraisers held at Berry Hills Country Club and at private residences in Charleston and Washington, D.C.

Fellow Republican newcomer Suzette Raines has raised $21,141 since the primary, bringing her year-to-date total contributions to $60,715.

Raines has spent nearly $50,700 so far, with most spent on the primary campaign. She has about $23,420 on hand.

Republican Fred Joseph has raised less than the other GOP candidates, with year-to-date contributions of just under $10,000. He has $4,575 on hand.

Morris, a former state tax commissioner, has led the fundraising on the Democratic side of the race with $63,207 worth of contributions so far this year. He spent much of that in the primary and has about $10,722 on hand.  

Skaff has raised $55,156 so far this year, with many contributions coming earlier in the year. He has spent about $28,670 so far and has the highest balance of any of the Democratic candidates.

Hatfield has raised $10,700 in recent months, bringing year-to-date contributions to nearly $28,600. She has $12,354 on hand.

Brown has $18,298 remaining after raising $41,548 so far this year and spending $23,257.

The campaign expenditures so far have been mostly for billboard and newspaper advertising. The candidates had yet to list any significant radio or television ad spending so far during the general election campaign period.  

Contact writer Jared Hunt at or 304-348-5148.


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