West Virginia Governor, Attorney General Races Cost Millions

Oct 3, 2016

West Virginia's race for governor pitting Democratic billionaire Jim Justice against Republican state Senate President Bill Cole has cost about $8.1 million so far.

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Campaign finance disclosures show Justice has spent $3.5 million through late September. He has loaned his gubernatorial campaign $2.6 million.

Cole has spent $2.1 million.

The Republican Governors Association has aided Cole with $1.6 million in ads. The Democratic Governors Association has bought $912,800 in ads to support Justice.

The attorney general's race has racked up a $5.2 million tab.

The Republican Attorney Generals Association has invested $3.4 million in ads supporting Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey's campaign has spent $328,600.

Morrisey's challenger, Democratic state Delegate Doug Reynolds, has put $1.8 million of his money into the race. His campaign has spent $1.5 million.