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West Virginia Republicans Outpacing Democrats In Fundraising For 2020 Congressional Races

Carolyn Kaster
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In this file photo, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., checks out the stage before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.

Updated Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:50 p.m.

Republican candidates in West Virginia’s 2020 congressional races appear to be significantly out raising Democrats, according to third quarter campaign finance reports.

Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has nearly $2.4 million dollars cash on hand for her reelection bid in 2020. She raised nearly half a million dollars from July 1 to the end of September. Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin raised almost $48,000 in the same period and reports nearly $34,000 on hand.

Incumbent Republican David McKinley of the 1st District raised nearly $90,000 this quarter. That’s about 25 times what his Democratic opponent, Natalie Cline, brought in over the same period. 

In the 2nd District, Republican Alex Mooney hauled in about $228,000 in the third quarter, which puts him at more than $1.6 million cash on hand. Democrat Cathy Kunkel raised nearly $60,000 and now has more than $46,000 cash coming into the final quarter of the year.

Freshman congresswoman Carol Miller -- a Republican from the 3rd District -- raised more than $94,000 this quarter. Hilary Turner, one of two Democrats hoping to challenge Miller in 2020, took in less than a thousand dollars.

A third quarter report for Lacy Watson, who is also running in the 3rd District as a Democrat, was not immediately available on the Federal Election Commission’s website.

The deadline for third quarter reports was Tuesday, October 15. 

A spreadsheet of available third quarter reports is available here. 

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