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Another $1.8M poured into W.Va. governor’s race

Oct. 26, 2012 @ 05:09 PM

CHARLESTON (AP) — The major candidates for West Virginia governor have spent another $1.8 million as the general election approaches.

Republican Bill Maloney accounted for $1 million of that spending between Sept. 24 and Oct. 21. Most of Maloney’s money went toward TV ads.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spent $780,619 during the reporting period. But the Democratic incumbent outraised Maloney for that month. Tomblin attracted more than $501,000, with just over half that coming from fundraising events.

Maloney raised $131,000. The Morgantown business owner and drilling consultant also loaned his campaign another $750,000. That brings his self-funding total to $1 million.

Tomblin reported a $330,000 campaign balance heading into the race’s final two weeks. Maloney had just under $90,000.

Friday’s filings are the last from the candidates before the Nov. 6 general election.