Non-Candidate Ad Spending in W.Va. Races Tops $5M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Non-candidates have so far devoted more than $5.2 million toward ads seeking to influence the election in West Virginia.

Federal and state filings show pro-Republican groups account for nearly three-fourths of that spending.

The state attorney general's race has attracted more than $2.1 million of the total. Most of that has come from a corporate-backed group, the Center for Individual Freedom, for a TV ad attacking Attorney General Darrell McGraw. But pro-McGraw groups are spending as well.

Two other Democratic incumbents have been targeted to the tune of $1.3 million apiece. Republican Party committees have spent those amounts against Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and 3rd District U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall. GOP political action committees are also spending money on ads in legislative races and the contest for state agriculture commissioner.


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