Manchin hauls in $552K for reelection bid

Sen. Joe Manchin, one of a cadre of Senate Democrats up for reelection in conservative states next fall, raked in roughly $552,600 in the first three months of 2017, according to figures provided by his campaign to POLITICO.

The West Virginia Democrat will report $2.17 million cash on hand, according to the senator’s campaign. His first-quarter total falls short of that of other Democratic senators up for reelection next year, who have posted blockbuster fundraising sums for the first three months of 2017.

Still, Manchin will be helped by the fact that he is far from an unknown entity in West Virginia, a relatively inexpensive state in which to campaign that Donald Trump won by more than 40 points last November. Manchin, a former governor, is vying for his second full term in the Senate.

Rep. Evan Jenkins, one of Manchin’s possible Republican opponents, raised $367,000 in the first quarter and has $1.035 million cash on hand. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is also considering running in the GOP primary against Manchin, has not released numbers on his war chest.

Other red-state Senate Democrats on the ballot next year have posted formidable fundraising numbers for the first three months of 2017. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota raised $1.6 million during the first quarter and has $2 million cash on hand. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana brought in $2 million in the first three months and will report $3.16 million cash on hand.

In Missouri, Sen. Claire McCaskill raised $2.8 million and has more than $3 million cash on hand while Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of this year and has $2.5 million cash on hand.

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