CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Campaign officials say U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito brought in more than $817,000 for her U.S. Senate bid last quarter, while her likely competition, Natalie Tennant, kept pace by raising almost $800,000.
Capito, a Republican, still maintains about a 4-to-1 cash advantage after the January through March fundraising period. The seven-term congresswoman has about $4.2 million cash on hand.
Tennant, West Virginia's two-term Democratic secretary of state, has more than $1 million in her campaign account.
The campaigns shared their totals with The Associated Press before Tuesday's federal election reporting deadline.
Both are expected to easily win their May primaries. Political analysts give Capito the edge in the general election, but Tennant's campaign says it's gaining ground.
Republicans are gunning for more than a half-dozen states like West Virginia, where President Barack Obama lost and remains unpopular.