by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON – The U.S. Senate campaign of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was described as “super-charged” Tuesday when a super Political Action Committee announced it has raised $700,000 for the candidate.
Morrisey is seeking the Republican nomination to oppose incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin in November. Morrisey’s campaign emphasizes his allegiance to President Donald Trump, who carried the state with 70 percent of the vote in 2016.
The conservative West Virginia 35th PAC helped nearly double the $737,000 Morrisey raised in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Between the fourth quarter fundraising and the PAC contribution, Morrisey said he has $1.7 million on hand.
Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins is thought to be Morrisey’s major challenger for the GOP nomination. Republicans are convinced Manchin is vulnerable for several reasons, including what they believe is spoken support for Trump that eventually lead to anti-Trump votes on the floor of the senate.
PAC Executive Director D.J. Eckert has said it backs Morrisey because he is pro-Trump and because Jenkins was once a Democrat.
Eckert called the attorney general “the strongest possible candidate to beat Sen. Manchin in November.”
The Washington Examiner first reported details of the PAC’s contribution to Morrisey.
Financial reports from all federal candidates who have raised or expended more than $5,000 are due at the end of the month. They will cover the period through December 2017.