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.