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Morrisey Raises $310K, Has $546K Cash for Possible Gubernatorial Bid

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General

  In a possible bid for governor, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he raised more than $310,000 over two months and has about $546,000 in cash.

In a news release Thursday, Morrisey said the totals account for a late January fundraising start and a new $250,000 self-loan.

Morrisey’s campaign says he may use the cash for re-election or the open governor’s race next year.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin can’t run again because of limits.

Morrisey, Senate President Bill Cole and Congressman David McKinley are the major Republicans who have expressed interest in the governor’s race.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is considering running for his old job as governor.

Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler has a campaign account for governor with $60,800 transferred from an old committee.