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Capito raises more than $1.3m; Tennant, $777k

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Campaign officials say Republican Shelley Moore Capito raked in more than $1.3 million for her West Virginia U.S. Senate bid last quarter, while Democrat Natalie Tennant raised about $777,000.

Capito's campaign called the haul her best fundraising period to date. The seventh-term congresswoman has almost $5 million available in campaign cash.

Tennant, West Virginia's secretary of state, headed into July with $1.5 million in the bank.

Campaigns for the two candidates released fundraising numbers Wednesday before their July 15 reporting deadline. The totals account for fundraising from April through June.

Capito and Tennant are vying for retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat.

Republicans are gunning for more than a half-dozen states like West Virginia, where President Barack Obama lost and remains unpopular.

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