Harpers Ferry, WV – Patrick Morrisey’s U.S. Senate campaign is in front-runner position after a Morrisey-affiliated super PAC announced it has raised $700,000 to date, according to an article in the Washington Examiner.
The super PAC announcement comes on the heels of Morrisey’s impressive fundraising release. Last week, Morrisey announced raising more than $737,000 for the fourth quarter of 2017 with over $1.1 million cash-on-hand. In total, Morrisey has raised $1.41 million in the two quarters since he’s entered the Senate race.
Together with the super PAC, pro-Morrisey forces have raised more than $2 million in the primary with a combined $1.7 million cash-on-hand.
In contrast, Evan Jenkins’ fundraising has dried up since Morrisey entered the race. The vast majority of Jenkins’ cash-on-hand was transferred from his House account before he became a Senate candidate. As a U.S. Senate candidate, his performance has been abysmal.
In the third quarter of 2017, Morrisey more than tripled Jenkins’ poor report of $221,000. Furthermore, Jenkins spent nearly his entire fundraising haul, netting only $14,000, and producing one of the worst fundraising quarters of any highly-rated Senate race in the country. Expectations are that Jenkins’ fundraising for the fourth quarter will also be dismal — reinforcing the fact that Jenkins is utterly unprepared to run a campaign against Sen. Joe Manchin.
“I’m grateful for the outpouring of support in this race,” Patrick Morrisey said. “Voters and activists are rallying to our conservative message, and we will not let them down. I am committed to standing up to the liberals in Washington and fighting for our West Virginia values just as I have done as Attorney General.”
“With Evan Jenkins’ liberal record, lack of grassroots, and limited fundraising capacity to take on the incumbent, Jenkins is now running to be a spoiler since he cannot defeat Sen. Manchin,” Morrisey added.