Big Spending in W.Va. Supreme Court Race

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Supreme Court race is the most expensive of the May 8 primary.

The six Democrats seeking nomination for two seats had together spent $1.4 million as of April 22.

Their balances totaled nearly $590,000 heading into the race's final two weeks.

Former State Bar President Tish Chafin had spent the most, more than $732,700. While Chafin has raised $170,000, she loaned her campaign $1 million to provide the bulk of its funds.

Incumbent Justice Robin Davis had spent $543,127 as she pursues her third statewide bid for the seat. Davis has self-funded her campaign with $360,000. But Davis has also raised an additional $239,000, the most among the candidates.

Circuit Judge Jim Rowe had a strong fundraising month in April. He's spent $110,000 of his total.

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