The Campaign Spot

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West Virginia Republicans Need a Senate Candidate, Fast


Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia Republican, is expected to announce shortly that she will not be running in her state’s special Senate election.

Capito was the best-known option for Republicans in the state, but her candidacy might have had some flaws. She is an incumbent in a vehemently anti-incumbent year, she has made some pro-choice votes and would be running against a pro-life Democrat, and state lawmakers were facing a last-minute effort to change the law to ensure she could run for the House and Senate simultaneously. Had she run for the Senate and not House reelection, a currently GOP-held, and likely quite safe, House seat would be at risk.

Having said that, Republicans need a candidate to file by Friday.

Tags: Joe Manchin , Shelley Moore Capito


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