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W.Va. congressional candidates raising big sums

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — GOP congressional nominee Alex Mooney recently raised $160,000 more than Democrat Nick Casey, but the Casey campaign has $500,000 more cash available halfway through the year.

In southern West Virginia, the campaigns for U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and GOP state Sen. Evan Jenkins have each raised more than half a million dollars since April 1.

All four campaigns released some fundraising data Monday for the second quarter of the year, which ended June 30. Campaigns are required to report such information to the Federal Election Commission by July 15. None of the full reports were available online as of late Monday.

Mooney raised $498,000 during the time frame, compared to $332,000 for Casey over the same stretch, in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in the 2nd Congressional District.

“I am honored by the outpouring of support we have received from people who want a true conservative fighting for their jobs and their West Virginia values in Congress,” Mooney said in a statement released by the campaign.

Mooney served as a state senator and GOP chairman in Maryland before moving to West Virginia in 2013 and announcing his candidacy. He defeated several Republican challengers by at least 10 percentage points in the May primary.

The Casey camp championed the former state party chairman’s ability to raise $1.2 million since the start of the campaign. The Democratic nominee has $837,000 cash on hand, compared to $352,000 on hand for Mooney…

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