Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) posted her best fundraising quarter yet, bringing in over $1.3 million for her Senate bid and nearly doubling the haul of her Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
Capito’s campaign said Wednesday she ended June with nearly $5 million cash on hand and has raised $7.1 million for the cycle overall, with contributions from all 55 counties in West Virginia
While Tennant’s campaign noted her sum is on par with what Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) raised for the second quarter in 2012 — two lawmakers whose campaigns Tennant hopes to emulate — it marks a slight slowdown from her first-quarter haul, when she raised nearly $800,000.
Capito’s sum, by contrast, marks a significant uptick in fundraising. In the first quarter, she nearly matched Tennant, bringing in $817,000.
While Democrats are hopeful that Tennant can make the race for retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller's (D-W.Va.) seat competitive, Capito has led in every poll, and the political terrain of the deep-red state favors the Republican.