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April 9, 2014

Rahall Challenger Raised $200K in 1st Quarter (Updated)

Rahall Challenger Raised $200K in 1st Quarter (Updated)

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is facing a competitive race for a 20th term (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:12 p.m. | West Virginia state Sen. Evan Jenkins raised $200,000 in the first quarter for his bid to unseat 19-term Democratic Rep. Nick J. Rahall II.

The Republican will report about $500,000 in cash on hand as of the end of March, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

Jenkins, a former Democrat, is shaping up as Rahall’s most competitive rival in decades, and the incumbent is already the target of outside spending. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently added Rahall to its incumbent protection program. Full story

March 7, 2014

DCCC Adds Nick Rahall to Incumbent Protection Program

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel has named Rep. Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia to the committee’s Frontline program.

Frontline is a designation for endangered Democratic incumbents.

“As a battle-tested campaigner, Nick Joe Rahall has been the overwhelming choice of southern West Virginians because he stands for commonsense values, will protect Social Security and Medicare and will relentlessly fight for good-paying West Virginia jobs,” Israel said in a release.

“We won’t stand on the sidelines while outside groups spend millions of dollars to deceive voters about an incumbent.”

Full story

February 13, 2014

Americans for Prosperity Airs Radio Ad Against Nick Rahall

Americans for Prosperity Airs Radio Ad Against Nick Rahall

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative outside group backed by Charles and David Koch, is up with a radio ad against Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.Va.

The group is spending about $30,000 to air the spot and like many other ads in recent weeks. It attacks a Democratic candidate on the issue of health care.

In the radio ad, the group goes after Rahall and President Barack Obama for promising Americans could keep their health insurance plans with the new 2010 health care law. The radio ad also includes a clip of Rahall saying that “it may be in their best interest long term to be canceled.” Full story

December 27, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: West Virginia’s 2nd District

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: West Virginias 2nd District

Several Republicans are looking at running for Capito's House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A jumbled GOP primary has given Democrats a unique opportunity to pick up a House seat in a state that is quickly slipping away from the party on the federal level.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is leaving the 2nd District to run for Senate — and even she expressed concern in June about the GOP’s chances of holding the 2nd District. Full story

December 10, 2013

Democratic Super PAC Defends Nick Rahall (Updated)

Updated Dec. 11, 8:12 a.m. | House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, is up with a significant television ad campaign to defend Rep. Nick J. Rahall II in West Virginia.

The positive spot touts his support for the coal industry. House Majority PAC put $150,000 behind the 10-day reservation:

Full story

October 10, 2013

Former TV Correspondent Mulls Bid for Capito Seat

Former television correspondent Ed Rabel announced on Facebook that he is “exploring a run” for West Virginia’s 2nd District.

The Charleston Gazette reported that he is considering a run as a candidate for the local “Mountain Party.” Rabel was a national correspondent for CBS and NBC.

“As you may know by this time, I am exploring a run for the United States Congress,” he wrote. “The Congressional seat I may be seeking is in the 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia, a big district that stretches from one end of the state to the other.”

“I’ll be traveling the length and breadth of the district to listen to the people in making my decision whether to run,” he added.

He then asked for financial contributions.

Full story

September 26, 2013

EMILY’s List Endorses West Virginia Senate Candidate

EMILY’s List, an organization that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, has endorsed West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s bid for Senate.

“I wanted to personally let you know that today we’re endorsing Natalie Tennant for the U.S. Senate race in West Virginia,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock wrote to the group’s supporter email list. Full story

September 17, 2013

Natalie Tennant Enters West Virginia Senate Race | #WVSEN

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced her campaign for Senate on Tuesday morning, filling in one of the final holes on Democrats’ recruitment map for the 2014 cycle.

Her entrance into the race marks the start of the last chapter of this cycle’s recruitment season for Senate races. Democrats cannot lose more than five seats and retain their Senate majority, but recruitment in three of those open-seat races — South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana — has complicated their efforts until recently. Full story

September 13, 2013

Democrats Land Recruit for West Virginia Senate Race | #WVSEN

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat, is expected to roll out her campaign for the open-seat Senate race next week, according to West Virginia MetroNews.

Her candidacy comes as good news for Senate Democrats, who were hunting for a top candidate to run for the competitive seat.

West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio declined to confirm any impending announcement to CQ Roll Call but said Tennant had been widely recruited from within the state to run. A spokesperson for Tennant could not be reached for comment.

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August 13, 2013

Two More Republicans Move Toward Running for Capito Seat | #WV02

Two More Republicans Move Toward Running for Capito Seat | #WV02

Candidates are lining up to run for Capito's House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The burgeoning field of candidates looking replace Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., continued to grow this week.

On Tuesday, one Republican — finance consultant Ron Walters Jr. — jumped in the race. Meanwhile, another GOP contender — Del. Suzette Raines — indicated her interested in joining the field.

“We need to move West Virginia down the right path to an economically prosperous future,” Walters said in his campaign announcement statement. “I will make a difference in the fight against higher taxes and over-burdensome regulation. In addition, I know this district intimately, having grown up in the Charleston area with deep family roots in the Eastern Panhandle.” Full story

August 12, 2013

Reid: West Virginia Democratic Recruit to Announce ‘Shortly’ #WVSEN

Reid: West Virginia Democratic Recruit to Announce Shortly #WVSEN

Reid assessed his party's recruitment status in a recent interview. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After eight months of searching, have Senate Democrats finally found a recruit in West Virginia? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yes in a recent interview.

“I think we’re going to be very competitive in — in West Virginia, we have a candidate there who should be announcing shortly,” the Nevada Democrat told a local PBS affiliate about the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Reid did not divulge the Democrat’s name during the interview on “Nevada Week in Review.” Several Democrats have passed on the race, and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant remains as the only prominent recruit who has not declined to run yet. Full story

July 31, 2013

Democrat Switches Parties to Challenge Rahall (Updated) #WV03

Updated 11:29 a.m. | West Virginia state Sen. Evan Jenkins will announce Wednesday morning that he changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican to challenge Rep. Nick J. Rahall II next year, according to national GOP operatives.

Republicans have indicated they want to target the 3rd District with a top candidate in 2014. But Jenkins might not be the only Republican in the race. The GOP’s 2012 nominee, former Del. Rick Snuffer, issued a statement on Jenkins’ move that indicated he might run again.

Full story

July 3, 2013

Ex-Bush Official Prepares Run for Capito Seat #WV02

Another Republican is poised to enter the race for GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s seat in West Virginia

Ex-U.S. International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday that she is “in the process” of getting her papers together to file her candidacy. She expects to file sometime this week. Full story

June 21, 2013

Capito Antsy About GOP Holding House Seat #WV02

Capito Antsy About GOP Holding House Seat #WV02

Capito is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., may be looking ahead to her Senate race, but she is keeping a close eye on the race to replace her in the 2nd District. And the seven-term congresswoman is not exactly confident about her party’s chances of holding the seat.

“I think we can hold it, but not without a lot of resources and a good candidate,” she said in a phone interview. Full story

June 3, 2013

Ex-Maryland GOP Chairman to Run in West Virginia #WV02

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney announced on Monday that he will venture across state lines to run for West Virginia’s 2nd District.

“I have been encouraged by the many words of support from grassroots activists I have received since my interest in running was first reported in Roll Call in February,” Mooney said in a press release. “People want a fighter for their conservative values, and that is exactly who I am.”

Earlier this year, CQ Roll Call reported that Mooney was seriously considering a campaign for the seat, which is open because Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is running for Senate in 2014. He submitted his resignation as his state party’s leader in February and has since moved to the Mountain State. Full story

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