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Jenkins raises more than $200K in third quarter

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- State senator and congressional candidate Evan Jenkins raised $207,000 in the third quarter, his first as a candidate for U.S. House, according to a prepared release.

Jenkins, who reported having almost $200,000 cash on hand at the end of the quarter, received 310 unique contributions for an average of $638 per contribution. According to his campaign, 36 percent of the contributions were less than $200, and less than 3 percent of the total money raised came from Washington, D.C.-based political action committees.

"I am honored and energized by the huge outpouring of support for our campaign, especially this early," Jenkins said. "These numbers should put Congressman Rahall on notice: West Virginians are ready for a change."

Jenkins announced in July that he was switching his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican and would run for West Virginia's Third Congressional District seat.

Jenkins' candidacy sets up a scenario in which he will face longtime Democratic incumbent Nick J. Rahall in the 2014 general election if Jenkins makes it through the GOP primary. No other Republican has declared candidacy for the position.

Neither Jenkins' nor Rahall's third quarter campaign finance reports, which were due Tuesday, were available on the Federal Elections Commission's website Tuesday afternoon. Rahall reported having $354,000 on hand at the end of the second quarter in July.

"On the brink of an unprecedented national default and in the midst of a government shutdown caused by extremists, Congressman Rahall is working to get people back to work and the economy back on track," Rahall campaign spokesman Allan Crow said. "Next year, there will be ample time to campaign against whoever becomes the Republican nominee."

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