Associated Press Published

Rahall Outspends Jenkins More Than 2-to-1


  Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall spent $1.2 million last quarter for his tough re-election bid, more than double what GOP opponent Evan Jenkins spent.

As political ads flooded the airwaves in the race, Jenkins spent $542,800 last quarter.

Seeking his 20th term, Rahall raised $487,200 from July through September and had $381,700 cash left. Jenkins, a state senator, raised $307,200 and had $461,400 in his campaign account.

The numbers submitted in federal election reports Wednesday only tell part of the story in the 3rd Congressional District.

Political party groups and outside organizations are spending millions of dollars attacking opposing candidates. Groups fueled by the billionaire businessmen Koch brothers have helped Jenkins most. The House Majority PAC has aided Rahall most.

The race centering on southern coalfield politics is considered a toss-up.