Other single-seat races in that county also saw significant campaign finance activity. Democrat John Maxey outraised the GOP's Paul Espinosa, $16,200 to $4,000, in the 66th District. But each had campaign balances around $20,000 - Maxey had slightly more - after Espinosa loaned his campaign $10,000.
Fellow Republican Jill Upson loaned her campaign $20,000, the most of any House candidate, as she challenges Delegate Tiffany Lawrence in the county's 65th District. Though the Democrat slightly outraised Upson, the self-financing gave her a 3-1 edge over Lawrence for cash on hand.
Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, a Democrat, raised $27,600 in a Monongalia County district that lawmakers expanded from four seats to the House's largest at five. In neighboring Preston County, Republican Randy Shaver collected nearly $24,400 toward his challenge of Delegate Stan Shaver. The 53rd District Democrat raised less than $4,000. A mine section foreman for Mettiki Coal, Smith received heavy support from executives for mine parent company Alliance Resource Partners and other industry interests.
Other active races include the 30th District in Raleigh County, where GOP Delegate Linda Sumner and former Democratic lawmaker Bill Wooton each spent more than $11,000.
Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, raised $51,800 - the most of any legislative candidate - and spent $86,100 in that chamber's 16th District. His Republican challenger, Jim Ruland, loaned his campaign $25,000 in an effort to keep pace after receiving just $1,300 from donors.
But the biggest loan of the filing period came from Mercer County auto dealer Bill Cole, who devoted $70,000 in personal funds toward his challenge of Sen. Mark Willis in the redrawn 6th District. That allowed Cole to spend the most during the four months, $94,000, largely on TV ads. A Democrat, Wills outraised Cole $19,500 to $15,800, and also had a $24,300 balance to Cole's $10,500.
Contributors to legislative candidates during the reporting period included the PAC for the state's nursing home association, which distributed $17,000 among candidates from both parties. Members of the Elliot family, which has holdings in that industry, also gave thousands through mainly to Republicans.
The Democrats' Senate Leadership Council contributed $1,000 each to six candidates for that chamber, including Wills and Snyder. The New Majority Fund PAC, created to aid the GOP's House takeover quest, raised and spent no money during the period. But the West Virginia Republican Legislative Committee PAC spread $5,500 among 17 GOP hopefuls. Beneficiaries included three of the four GOP candidates in Harrison County's 48th district, a Democratic stronghold, and three of the five Republicans running in Monongalia's redrawn 51st District.