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July 10, 2014

West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger Label

West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger Label

Mooney walks in the July Fourth parade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger LabelRIPLEY, W.Va. —  At the local Fourth of July parade, Alex Mooney proudly showed off his West Virginia concealed gun permit. The Republican’s campaign colors are blue and gold — echoing the Mountain State’s flagship public college, West Virginia University. In a gold polo shirt, Mooney pointed to his son sporting a WVU baseball cap, standing near the campaign’s pickup truck stuffed with gold balloons.

In a place with a lot of Mountaineer pride, Mooney has outdone them all.

Here’s the issue: Mooney isn’t from West Virginia. He graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and until early 2013, he was the chairman of the Maryland Republican Party.  Full story

July 7, 2014

Senate Hopefuls Work Parade Route in West Virginia

Senate Hopefuls Work Parade Route in West Virginia

Miss WV Roadkill waves at fans at the Fourth of July parade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Hopefuls Work Parade Route in West VirginiaRIPLEY, W.Va. — The country’s “largest small town Independence Day parade” had all the expected: beauty queens, sun-drenched crowds and political glad-handling.

The hardest thing to find on this route? A West Virginian who plans to vote the straight party line this fall.

“I vote for the person, not for the party,” Thomas Lee Stemple, a retired maintenance supervisor and registered Democrat, said a few hours before the parade.

Interviews with West Virginia voters over the holiday weekend showed many of them intend to split their ballots between parties this November. The parade’s two most prominent participants and Senate candidates — Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat — used the event to promote their personal brands to voters gathered on the streets of this town north of Charleston.

Capito was the first federal candidate featured in the parade of more than 150 floats.  Full story

May 13, 2014

Tea Party Candidate Wins Republican Nod for Capito Seat

Tea Party Candidate Wins Republican Nod for Capito Seat

Mooney won the Republican primary race for West Virginia's 2nd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney won the Republican nomination Tuesday night in the race to replace seven-term Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia’s 2nd District.

Capito is vacating the seat to run for the Senate. Strategists from both parties agree that this seat could be a potential Democratic pickup in the fall. The race is currently rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Mooney carried 33 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race at approximately 9:33 p.m. Self-funding pharmacist Ken Reed led former U.S. International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane by about 100 votes at the time of the call. Each candidate had about 20 percent of the vote with 57 percent of precincts reporting.

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May 12, 2014

Capito Leaves Vacuum in Race to Replace Her

Capito Leaves Vacuum in Race to Replace Her

Republicans hope to find the right candidate Tuesday to replace Capito, who is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is a safe bet to win the Republican Senate nomination Tuesday in West Virginia, but what happens to her 2nd District seat is far more unsettled.

Capito’s reluctance to anoint a successor has unleashed a gold rush for Republicans in the district, where the president took just 38 percent of the vote in 2012. Seven GOP candidates are running for the party nod in a nasty, disorganized May 13 primary, which has left presumptive Democratic nominee Nick Casey free to spend the past year fundraising and quietly campaigning.

Even as the odds favor Capito’s Senate run on Tuesday and in November, the seven-term congresswoman leaves behind chaos and uncertainty — and even a Democratic opening — in the race to replace her. Observers from both parties agreed: This seat is in play for Democrats, and it shouldn’t be. Full story

April 30, 2014

Women’s Super PAC Plays in West Virginia Primary

Two weeks before the primary, a super PAC that backs Republican women has entered a competitive House race in West Virginia.

Women Lead PAC had endorsed former International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane’s bid for the 2nd District in the Mountain State.

The super PAC has put $40,000 into a direct mail effort to boost Lane’s bid before the May 13 primary, according to a source involved. The source added that the group is likely to put more money behind the piece:

Womens Super PAC Plays in West Virginia Primary

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April 25, 2014

Rahall Picks Up the Pace in a New TV Ad

Rahall Picks Up the Pace in a New TV Ad

Rahall released a new TV ad Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Rep. Nick J. Rahall II released an ad Friday that harkens back to the Pace picante sauce commercials from the 1990s.

In the new spot, a group of people sit around discussing the attributes of the 19-term West Virginia incumbent, when one of the men wonders who is paying for the spots attacking him.

“Out-of-state billionaires from New York City,” one of the men replies, alluding to conservative businessmen David and Charles Koch.

The five people in the ad then exclaim, “New York City!?” Full story

April 24, 2014

Super PAC Ties GOP Challenger to Koch Brothers

Super PAC Ties GOP Challenger to Koch Brothers

Rahall faces a competitive race for a 20th term (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that aims to elect House Democrats, has a new ad tying a GOP challenger in West Virginia to conservative businessmen David and Charles Koch.

The ad hits state Sen. Evan Jenkins, who is running against Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.V., in one of this cycle’s most competitive House races.

But Jenkins only makes a cameo in the super PAC’s ad. Images of the brothers — who spend heavily in politics — are featured in the spot for 26 seconds in the 30-second spot.

“The Koch brothers wouldn’t be billionaires, if they didn’t get what they paid for,” a narrator said of Jenkins. “In Washington, Evan Jenkins won’t work for us.”

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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.”

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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:

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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.

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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

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