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By the numbers: Comparing West Virginia's attorney general candidates

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July 13, 2012

By Lauren Rodgers

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: This year's attorney general election in West Virginia is proving to be a hot race to watch. Incumbent Darrell McGraw (D), who was first elected to the office in 1992, is being challenged by Patrick Morrisey, a health care attorney who has been practicing law since 1992.

Both candidates were unopposed in their primary races and have been gearing up for a tough fight in the general election. McGraw has name recognition on his side, but Morrisey has a clear fundraising advantage. Since the first filing deadline for campaign finance reports on April 9th, Morrissey has outspent McGraw more than 7 to 1, and he has more than double the amount of money McGraw has at the ready. The charts below offer a breakdown of each candidate's finances.

Darrell McGraw

Darrell McGraw Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary - First Report[1]April 6, 2012$0.00$84,080.00$(4,452.88)$78,627.12
Pre-Primary Report[2]April 27, 2012$78,627.12$9,745.29$(6,186.86)$86,413.14
Post-Primary Report[3]June 19, 2012$86,413.14$10,250.00$(477.28)$96,185.86
Running totals
$104,075.29$(11,117.02)

Patrick Morrisey

Patrick Morrisey Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Primary - First ReportApril 6, 2012$0.00$151,627.43$(26,331.90)$144,421.84
Pre-Primary ReportApril 27, 2012$144,421.84$21,119.90$(35,768.80)$156,111.65
Post-Primary ReportJune 19, 2012$156,111.65$79,735.31$(22,966.84)$242,579.87
Running totals
$252,482.64$(85,067.54)

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