Democrats’ Senate candidate in West Virginia, Natalie Tennant, would not mention President Obama by name when asked whom she voted for in the previous election.
Two other Democratic Senate candidates, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Michelle Nunn of Georgia, have recently refused to answer questions about whom they supported when President Obama, unpopular in all their states, was on the ballot.
Citing Grimes’s mishaps, the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board asked during a candidates’ forum whether the candidates would be willing to say whom they last supported for president. Republican Shelley Moore Capito and the Libertarian, Constitution, and Mountain party candidates volunteered the information, responding with their respective party’s presidential nominee.
Tennant would only say she “voted for the Democratic party” before immediately citing her objections to the president and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy. She then launched in to a long explanation that evolved in to a stump speech about how she will stand up for West Virginians regardless of party.
Capito is expected to win the state’s Senate race to replace retiring Democrat Jay Rockefeller.