CHARLESTON --Gov. Joe Manchin maintains a considerable money edge over fellow Democrat Mel Kessler as the May 13 primary approaches.
Manchin raised another $150,000 during the pre-primary reporting period, bringing his contribution total to $2.4 million. His re-election campaign still had $1.8 million on hand as of April 27.
Kessler, a freshman delegate from Raleigh County, collected just $175 during the filing period. He loaned his campaign $10,000.
The primary winner faces Republican Russ Weeks. The former Raleigh County state senator is unopposed in the GOP primary. His pre-primary report had not been posted Thursday.
Manchin's latest contributors include coal and utility executives, video lottery operators and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. The Beckley native gave his campaign $1,000.