Capito raises more than $1.3 million; Tennant, $777,000

CHARLESTON (AP) — Campaign officials say Republican Shelley Moore Capito raked in more than $1.3 million for her West Virginia U.S. Senate bid last quarter, while Democrat Natalie Tennant raised about $777,000.

Capito’s campaign called the haul her best fundraising period to date. The seventh-term congresswoman has almost $5 million available in campaign cash.

Tennant, West Virginia’s second-term secretary of state, headed into July with $1.5 million in the bank.

Campaigns for the two candidates released fundraising numbers Wednesday before their July 15 reporting deadline. The totals account for fundraising from April through June.

Capito and Tennant are vying for the seat filled by Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who has served in the Senate since 1985.

Capito, who is favored in the race, would be the first Republican to win a West Virginia Senate election since 1956.

The congresswoman entered the race 10 months before Tennant, and also was able to tap into $1.6 million left over in her House of Representatives campaign account.

Both Senate hopefuls are getting some high-profile help on Monday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will campaign on Tennant’s behalf in the state’s Eastern Panhandle, a Washington D.C. commuter base.

Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and Mitt Romney’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, is heading to Charleston the same day to talk up Capito.

Republicans are gunning for more than a half-dozen states like West Virginia, where President Barack Obama lost and remains unpopular.

Like the handful of energy-state Senate Democrats facing re-election, Tennant has vowed to buck Obama and Senate leadership on coal policies.

In coal-driven West Virginia, a proposed limit on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants has become the focal point of many races this cycle.

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