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Joe Manchin Raised Just 3% of Q1 Haul from Home State

The West Virginia senator collected just $7,900 from five West Virginians in the first quarter of 2017…

Joe Manchin Fundraising

An analysis of Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) first quarter FEC filings shows he raised just $7,900, or 3 percent, of his $257,250 total haul from West Virginians.

That money came from just five individuals, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has received more money from individual donors in Texas ($95,600), Washington D.C. ($33,000), New York ($32,300), Massachusetts ($22,500), Virginia ($19,700), Maryland ($10,700) and Connecticut ($10,400) than West Virginia.

According to data from his recent Federal Election Commission filing, five West Virginians have donated a total of $7,900 to Manchin’s Senate campaign for the first quarter of 2018.

Manchin raised a total of $257,250 in individual contributions between Jan. 1 and March 31, totaling to $2.17 million in cash on hand.

That level of support does not bode well for Manchin, who is hoping to win reelection in 2018.

Compare Manchin’s West Virginia support with that of Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV), who brought in nearly $90,000, or roughly 65 percent of his total, from West Virginians.

Manchin’s fundraising struggles could be a canary in the coal mine: Democrats are all but extinct in the Mountain State, and donors’ unwillingness to open their pocketbooks could translate to the polls next year.