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Capito raises $1.3 million, Tennant $777,000 in Senate race

By Dave Boucher, Capitol Bureau Chief

Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito raised $1.3 million in the latest fundraising quarter, about a half-million dollars more than her Democratic opponent, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

Capito’s additional money puts the campaign above $7.1 million raised since she announced her candidacy in late 2012 and gives the congresswoman “nearly” $5 million cash on hand.

“The strong outpouring of support for Shelley in fundraising for this quarter clearly shows that West Virginians want Shelley to keep working for them,” Capito spokeswoman Amy Graham said in a news release.

Tennant raised $777,000 from April 1 to June 30. That’s a little less than the campaign raised from Jan. 1 to March 30 — about $794,000 — when Tennant’s camp touted they were keeping pace with Capito.

Capito’s campaign raised about $817,000 during that time period.

The latest fundraising puts the total amount raised by the Tennant campaign above $2.4 million. They have about $1.5 million cash on hand.

“West Virginians are proving they won’t be bought by sending in donations from all 55 counties to join Natalie’s campaign to end tax breaks for millionaires like Congresswoman Capito and put working families first,” said Jenny Donohue, Tennant’s campaign spokeswoman.

With four months left until the election, Capito’s camp has roughly $3.5 million more readily available to spend on advertising or other purchases than the Tennant campaign. Capito also had nearly an extra year to raise money, with Tennant not officially entering the race until September 2013.

Both candidates have high-profile party members joining them in the state on the campaign stump next week.

The Tennant campaign announced in late June that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will visit the Eastern Panhandle next week. Warren’s scheduled to headline a campaign rally Monday afternoon in Shepherdstown; the campaign expects a fundraising boost from the progressive Warren’s visit.

Monday the Capito campaign announced former vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan will join Capito in Charleston next week. The event, a roundtable with local business owners and the Wisconsin Republican, is scheduled for the same day as Warren’s trip to the Eastern Panhandle.

Both campaigns have criticized their opponents for policies championed by Warren and Ryan.

The candidates are vying to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., in one of the more highly anticipated senate races in the country.

The latest version of the West Virginia Poll, released in May, showed Capito had an 11-point edge over Tennant. Tennant’s campaign repeatedly points out Democrats heavily outnumber registered Republicans in the state, and Tennant received 30,000 more total votes than Capito in their respective primaries.

The general election is Nov. 4.

Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or david.boucher@dailymailwv.com. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/Dave_Boucher1.


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