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.