By the numbers: Comparing West Virginia's gubernatorial candidates

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April 14, 2012

By Lauren Rodgers

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: With familiar candidates and nearly identical fundraising figures, this year's gubernatorial race in West Virginia is looking to be a repeat of last year's special election.

The first filing deadline for campaign finance reports was April 9, 2012, and with just 24 days left until the May 8th primary election, incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin (D) and Bill Maloney (R) have clear advantages over their primary challengers.

Last year at this time, Tomblin had collected $1,031,153.76 in campaign contributions,[1] while Maloney reported $389,170.[2] This year, Tomblin's campaign chest boasts almost identical numbers ($1,044,664) and Maloney has slightly less ($303,037) in his coffers. Tomblin leads the pack in spending, too - during this first reporting period, he spent roughly $4.50 for every $1.00 the Maloney campaign spent.

Democrat Arne Moltis, who is challenging Tomblin in the primary, submitted a Statement of Waiver for the first primary reporting period, indicating his total financial transactions related to the election do not exceed $500.[3] Ralph William Clark, Maloney's challenger in the Republican primary, reported no contributions and $4,736 in expenditures.

West Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign Finance: First General Report
Candidate Political Party Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions Total Expenditures
Earl Ray Tomblin[4] Democrat $0.00 $1,044,664.00 $815.40 $(168,322.49)
Bill Maloney[5] Republican $0.00 $303,037.99 $2,032.60 $(37,418.14)
Ralph William Clark[6] Republican $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $(4,736.81)

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