PARKERSBURG - A candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is welcoming the former governor of Alaska's involvement in West Virginia's 1st District congressional race.
Republican Sarah Palin, who ran for vice president with Sen. John McCain in 2008, on March 23 in her blog identified 20 House races across America in districts McCain carried. Among her targets in West Virginia were Rep. Alan Mollohan in the 1st District and Rep. Nick Rahall in the 3rd District.
The attention to the congressional campaign helps, said David McKinley of Wheeling, one of six Republicans running in the primary for the party's nomination in the 1st District. Mollohan, a Democrat who has won every election since 1982, faces state Sen. Michael Oliverio of Morgantown for the Democratic nomination.
"I want as much attention focused nationally on this race as we can get," McKinley said. "If she helps bring attention and focus on it, that helps."
Such national attention could factor in decisions impacting campaign contributions, along with a candidate's fundraising success, such as from the National Republican Congressional Committee, McKinley said. The committee has monitored the campaign in the 1st District.
Funds are finite and which races the committee decides to support is a business decision based on the likelihood of winning, the candidate's ability to raise money and the interest in the candidate generated by the campaign, he said.
"That's why we've been very focused on building our base," McKinley said.
McKinley is confident of fundraising. The quarter ended Wednesday and he expects to have done well.
"We're doing very well," said McKinley, who was in Parkersburg on Wednesday for a fundraiser with Dr. Daniel McGraw.
Also running for the Republican nomination are Mac Warner from Morgantown, businessman Tom Stark of Parkersburg, former state Sen. Sarah Minear of Morgantown, businessman Patty Levinson of Wheeling and businessman Cindy Hall of Wheeling.