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Modest fundraising marks W.Va. court race finale

Oct. 29, 2012 @ 12:31 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Supreme Court candidates have raised modest amounts heading into the home stretch of their two-seat race.

Democrat Tish Chafin attracted nearly $34,000, the most during the four-week reporting period that ended Oct. 21.

Republican Allen Loughry raised nearly $22,000. He also spent the most during the filing period, more than $178,000.

Justice Robin Davis, a Democrat, and GOP Circuit Judge John Yoder each brought in less than $15,000. But Davis had the largest campaign balance, $77,000, as the contest entered its final days.

A group that tracks judicial races says West Virginia’s ranks seventh for TV ad spending among 15 states with court elections this year. But the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s law school also ranked West Virginia third for TV ads aired.