Manchin raises more than $1.4m in second quarter

Sen. Joe Manchin raised more than $1.4 million for his reelection in the second quarter of this year, according to data shared in advance with POLITICO, and has almost $3.5 million on hand as two of his GOP challengers face a brutal primary battle.

Manchin’s second-quarter fundraising more than doubles the $552,000 he took in during the first three months of the year, giving a major boost to the West Virginia Democrat — who also faces his own primary challenge from a liberal activist backed by a group of former Bernie Sanders aides.

"West Virginians are tired of partisan negativity getting in the way of good government," Manchin said in a statement. "I’m running on a record of consensus-building on behalf of the people of the Mountain State — hard-working West Virginians who deserve elected leaders who always put their interests ahead of politics."

Manchin already faces two GOP opponents, Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who jumped into the race this week after taking repeated shots at Jenkins. The likely bitter Republican primary fight could further lift Democratic hopes of holding onto Manchin’s seat in a state that President Donald Trump carried by 42 percentage points last year.

Jenkins raised $367,726 in the first quarter of this year and had $1.035 million on hand, according to his campaign finance disclosures. He has yet to release fundraising totals for the second quarter. Manchin’s Democratic primary challenger, Paula Swearengin, has yet to post any fundraising disclosures with the Federal Election Commission.

Manchin did not raise money online during the second quarter, according to his campaign.

His new fundraising totals follow a series of robust second-quarter reports from other Senate Democrats running for re-election next year in Trump states, including $3.1 million for Claire McCaskill of Missouri and $2.6 million for Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

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