Snyder out spends opponent in re-election campaign

December 29, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — State Sen. Herb Snyder spent more than $180,000 on his re-election campaign this year, outspending his opponent by more than $80,000, according to campaign financial statements filed last week.

“I raised more money than I thought I was going to ... sadly, it is part of serious politics today, until things change,” said Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley.

Snyder, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., defeated Republican Jim Ruland of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in the 16th District race by about 7 percentage points to win a third term in the Senate, according to official results posted by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office.

Snyder reported $183,538 in expenditures in his post-general election campaign financial statement and Ruland reported $99,808, including $75,000 that he loaned to his campaign, according their respective financial statements.

Aware of Ruland’s business success and ability to self-finance his campaign, Snyder said he took his opponent “very seriously” and actively fundraised for his re-election bid.

In addition to receiving numerous contributions, Snyder netted more than $47,000 from four fundraisers, two in Charleston, W.Va., and two in Shepherdstown, W.Va., according to his financial statements.

Snyder said he spent about $90,000 in advertising on television alone in his successful bid for another four-year term. 

Among state House of Delegates races in the Eastern Panhandle, Democrat Stephen Skinner reported spending $70,300, more than any other candidate, in his bid to replace Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson. Doyle opted not to run for re-election.

Skinner’s spending nearly doubled that of Elliot Simon, his Republican opponent, who reported $30,929 in expenditures in the 67th District race.

In Berkeley County, Democrat Donn Marshall outspent Republican Mike Folk by a 2-1 margin and still lost, albeit narrowly, in his unsuccessful campaign bid for the 63rd District seat, according to their respective financial statements.

Marshall reported $40,543 in campaign expenditures and Folk, who reported $19,091 in spending, received about 51 percent of the vote, edging his Democratic opponent by less than 150 votes, according to official results.

In Jefferson County, Democrat John Maxey reported spending even more than Marshall — $42,252 — and lost by about 9 percentage points to Republican Paul Espinosa in the 66th District, according to official results.

Espinosa, who reported spending $20,188, received about 59 percent of the vote, according to official results.

Among House incumbents running for re-election, Tiffany Lawrence, D-Jefferson, reported spending the most — $40,965, according to financial statements. Lawrence fended off a Democratic primary election challenge in May and then narrowly defeated Republican Jill Upson in November by less than 300 votes, according to official results. Upson reported spending $27,269 and was unopposed in the Republican primary, according to her financial statement.

Del. Walter Duke, R-Berkeley, who narrowly lost his bid for re-election to the House, was easily outspent by Democrat Jason Barrett, who reported $23,139 in expenditures. Duke reported $9,546 in the 61st District race.

Barrett received 52.6 percent of the vote to defeat Duke by more than 300 votes, according to official results.

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