Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's bid for Senate got a little more inevitable today when West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis, one of the few remaining potential Democratic candidates, said she would pass on the race. Of the Democrats typically mentioned for the seat, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is the only one who hasn't yet ruled out a bid for retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat -- and Democrats aren't hopeful of getting Tennant in the race.
For the time being, Capito is running alone, but an analysis of her second quarter fundraising reports shows that they’re doing it in style.
Capito raised nearly $764,000 in the quarter and has $2.9 million in the bank. In addition to expenditures on the typical fundraising events, travel and consultants, Capito’s campaign spent $8,320 in the second quarter of the year for “campaign ties,” “t-shirts” and “campaign materials,” at Vineyard Vines, the preppy Connecticut-based clothier that’s more commonly associated with Martha’s Vineyard or the streets of Georgetown than with the hills of West Virginia. Capito’s team spent another $99.95 on “campaign materials” from Beau Ties of Middlebury, Vt.
Rather than renting, Capito’s campaign dropped $37,250.50 at Cole Chevrolet Cadillac in Bluefield, W.V., for a “campaign vehicle purchase.” Capito spokesperson Chris Hansen said the campaign brought a used Chevrolet Tahoe, which will help their team get through the snow as the campaign progresses. The campaign decided it would be more cost-effective to purchase a car than to have staffers drive themselves and have to reimburse mileage.