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Money hardly key to Wayne man’s upset victory

Charleston Daily Mail photo by Mark Maynard  Newly elected Republican state Sen. Mark Maynard, 42, of Wayne, defeated 32-year incumbent Truman Chafin without spending or raising any campaign contributions.
Charleston Daily Mail photo by Mark Maynard
Newly elected Republican state Sen. Mark Maynard, 42, of Wayne, defeated 32-year incumbent Truman Chafin without spending or raising any campaign contributions.

WAYNE, W.Va. — Whoever said money buys elections has never been “out Wayne.”

The Republican candidate who ousted the longest-serving Senate majority leader and the longest continuously serving state senator didn’t accept a single campaign contribution and spent no money on the 2014 election cycle, state records indicate.

But that didn’t stop Mark Rusell Maynard, 42, of Wayne.

Maynard said in the weeks before Election Day, he tried to get money but didn’t have any luck.

“I thought if I could have a media blitz the last week, it could put me over the top,” he said standing inside his business, Maynard’s Auto World, which is located across the street from his parents’ home on W.Va. 152. “But I couldn’t get any funds from the state party or anyone that I approached.”

His opponent, 32-year incumbent Sen. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, amassed $14,850 in contributions and spent $12,552.

Maynard said the only real assistance he received was a $350 in-kind contribution of yard signs and a display of his name on a car during a national television broadcast of a drag racing event in Las Vegas…

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