The latest filings posted from this year’s legislative candidates show they spent more than $2.5 million in the May 13 state primary.

The primary also left Democrats with a distinct money advantage heading toward November. Democrats account for about 80 percent of the $1.28 million of cash balances reported in post-primary finance filings.

The money edge partly stems from the lack of GOP contenders. Already the majority in both chambers, Democrats are unopposed for 38 of 100 House of Delegates seats and for three of 17 state Senate seats up this year.

In the most expensive primary matchup, Business owner Doug Facemire outspent fellow Democrat Doug Stalnaker 2-to-1 in his bid to succeed Sen. Bill Sharpe, D-Lewis. Facemire poured more than $130,400 into his effort.

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