Aug 26, 2011- Following the Fund Raising

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) is posting strong fund raising totals compared to challenger Bill Maloney (R).

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) is posting strong fund raising totals compared to challenger Bill Maloney (R).

Candidates in the special election for governor had a Friday deadline to update their fund raising and spending activities.

Of particular note, Maloney loaned his campaign an additional $750,000 but still did not manage to top Tomblin's overall take. Tomblin has not loaned his campaign money.

This news follows the release of a poll yesterday paid for by the Democratic Governors Association that gives Tomblin a 47-33 advantage over Maloney. That's roughly similar to the gap Public Policy Polling showed between the candidates shortly after the May primary.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has outraised his Republican opponent since they both won their party's nominations in West Virginia's special election for governor.    

Tomblin reported raising $1.25 million between May 27 and Sunday. The Democrat attracted $832,000 of that at more than two dozen fundraising events.

Republican Bill Maloney raised less than a third of Tomblin's total during that time. The Morgantown businessman loaned his campaign another $750,000, but his total still came just below Tomblin's at $1.22 million.  

Maloney also spent twice as much during the reporting period as Tomblin, $645,000 versus $288,000. That left Maloney with $576,703 heading into the race's final six weeks. Tomblin reported a balance close to $1 million.

The special election is Oct. 4. Six third-party and write-in candidates are also running.

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