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Tea Party Candidate Wins Republican Nod for Capito Seat
Posted at 9:39 p.m. on May 13, 2014
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.
But many state and national Republicans are jittery over whether a tea party candidate in a state so reliant on federal funds can be viable, along with the fact that Mooney crossed state lines to run for Congress.
He will face former Democratic State Party Chairman Nick Casey, who did not face a competitive primary, in November.
Capito easily cruised to her nomination in the Senate race, as did her Democratic rival, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.