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Attack ads in WV-1It's not only the Democratic race for Alan Mollohan's 1st District seat that's heated in northern West Virginia -- CQ says it's the same way on the other side of the aisle:

Former state Sen. Sarah Minear loaned her campaign $250,000 this month, according to a pre-primary report her campaign filed Thursday.

That brings her loan total to $502,000 so far -- or 96 percent of her campaign's total receipts. After spending $285,000 during the first three weeks of the month, the campaign had $98,000 to work with.

Because of her personal largess, Minear is now slightly better-funded than former state Rep. David McKinley, another deep-pocketed candidate who kicked in $250,000 of his campaign's $454,000 in total receipts. McKinley's organization had $201,000 left in the bank after spending $138,000 during the first three weeks of April.

Minear and McKinley have been trading attacks, with Minear questioning McKinley's anti-abortion and anti-tax credentials. McKinley's campaign responds by likening Minear to Pinocchio.

Here's a Parkersburg News-Sentinel story on the attack ads/mailers in the GOP race, including the Pinocchio mailer above.

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