West Virginia Articles

Republican Shelley Moore Capito Wins West Virginia

7:33 PM, Nov 04, 2014

Shelley Moore Capito is projected to win the Senate race in West Virginia. This marks the first Republican Senate pick-up of the 2014 election.

BREAKING: Shelley Moore Capito elected to U.S. Senate in West Virginia. @AP race call at 7:30 p.m. EST poll close. #Election2014 #APracecall

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A GOP Opportunity in Virginia?

8:01 AM, Oct 22, 2014

Entering the final fortnight of the Senate races, something of a pattern has started to develop. Republicans are leading in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polling in all states that were to the right of the national average in the 2012 election (which President Obama won by 4 points), with two exceptions: Kansas, which is tied; and North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan is clinging to a 2-point lead but has less than 46 percent support.  These right-of-center states in which the GOP is leading include six where seats are currently held by Democrats:  Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana, South Dakota, Montana, and West Virginia.

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Poll: Capito Leads Tennant By 17 In West Virginia

"A rout?"
10:01 AM, Aug 22, 2014

Republican Shelley Moore Capito leads her Democratic opponent Natalie Tennant by 17 points, according to a new poll of the West Virginia Senate race from Rasmussen Reports. An even 50 percent say they support Capito, the congresswoman and daughter of former governor Arch Moore, while just 33 percent say they support Tennant, the secretary of state.

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For GOP, a Good Crop of Senate Candidates

11:00 PM, Jul 23, 2014

Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.

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WV Senate: Capito, Tennant Projected To Win Primaries

7:58 PM, May 13, 2014

The next senator from West Virginia will be a woman, a first for the state. Republican congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic secretary of state Natalie Tennant are projected to win their parties' respective primaries.

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Top of the List

In the GOP quest for the Senate, West Virginia looks like a done deal.
May 05, 2014

Ravenswood, W.Va.
"I bet this guy’s a hunter.” Shelley Moore Capito, the Republican congresswoman who gives every sign of winning her race for the Senate, points at a worker in the front row with a youthfully cherubic face underneath a camouflage cap. He looks up at her.

“Are you a hunter?” Capito asks.

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Counting by States

The Democrats’ Senate problem.
Apr 14, 2014

What do Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia have in common? For one, none has a city larger than 400,000 people. For another, they all voted for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. For yet another, they are the most likely places for Republicans to pick up Senate seats, thus taking control of the upper chamber, in 2014.

These three facts are related.

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Dem Senator on Koch Brothers: 'They Aren't Breaking the Law'

1:58 PM, Apr 10, 2014

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin broke with his party's leader in the Senate by refusing to attack a pair of wealthy billionaire brothers who donate to free-market causes. Asked about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's frequent attacks on Charles and David Koch, Manchin told Brian Kilmeade of Fox News Thursday morning that there's nothing wrong with what the brothers are doing.

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Manchin: 'Serious Questions' About Hagel

11:03 AM, Jan 13, 2013

Democratic senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he has "serious questions" about Chuck Hagel, who has been nominated as secretary of defense:

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Capito to Challenge Rockefeller for Senate

11:54 AM, Nov 26, 2012

Republican House member Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia will challenge Democrat Jay Rockefeller for the U.S. Senate. At 59, Capito, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2001 and is the daughter of former West Virginia governor Arch Moore, will be facing a 75-year-old Rockefeller, who was first elected to the Senate in 1984.

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Romney Projected to Win West Virginia

7:32 PM, Nov 06, 2012

The AP reports:

AP RACE CALL: Romney wins West Virginia. #Election2012

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Randall Terry Shoots an Ad

The anti-abortion crusader’s latest campaign
Oct 22, 2012

Romney, W.V. 

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Manchin Silent on Obamacare Repeal, Obama's Tax Hikes

3:44 PM, Jul 10, 2012

Democratic senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia refused to answer a question about his position on repealing part or all of Obamacare this afternoon outside the Senate chamber. Asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD if he supported repealing any part of the 2010 health care law, Manchin then stepped into an elevator with retiring Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who laughed as the elevator doors closed.

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West Virginia Dems Abandon Obama

8:37 AM, Jun 19, 2012

Alex Pappas reports that West Virginia Democrats continue to distance themselves from President Barack Obama: 


In a move showing how politically toxic President Barack Obama has become in parts of the country, three prominent West Virginia Democrats announced Monday they will not attend the Democratic National Convention in September.

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Dem. Candidate Refuses to Say He'll Vote for Obama

9:31 AM, May 24, 2012

More Democrats seem to be distancing themselves from President Obama. Politico finds this nugget from a debate between Democrat Ron Barber and his Republican opponent, Jesse Kelly, in Arizona's Eighth Congressional District (Gabby Giffords's home district):

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Obama's Arkansas Opponent Eyes Primary Upset

12:50 PM, May 22, 2012

“We’ve had some small contributions, but the largest was, I think, maybe a hundred dollars,” says presidential candidate John Wolfe Jr., speaking to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “I’m basically paying for this myself, dipping into my retirement account.”

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Keith Judd Speaks!

5:18 PM, May 15, 2012

The federal prison inmate who got 41 percent of the Democratic primary vote in West Virginia last week against President Obama tells CNN that this election is about the economy:

As he sat in a prison cell in Texas, Keith Judd, inmate # 11593-051, was winning 40% of the vote in the West Virginia Democratic primary last week amid whatever fanfare one could receive in such a place.

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Obama Warned that His Policies Would Bankrupt Coal Power Plant Owners

2:00 PM, May 11, 2012

Now that President Obama's reelection team wants to include coal on the agenda, it's worth remembering that Obama himself warned in 2008 that his policies would bankrupt anyone who started a coal power plant. Here he is in 2008, speaking with the San Francisco Chronicle:

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Obama-Biden Used Not to Support Coal

And Biden was scared of coal.
1:04 PM, May 11, 2012

After a disappointing showing in West Virginia, where President Obama received only 59 percent of the vote against a prison inmate in the Democratic primary, the president's reelection team decided to highlight the importance of coal (or clean coal, to be exact) on its website. (West Virginia is a major mining state.) Well, the Obama team has had problems with coal in the past. 

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KeithJudd.com Redirects to Obama Donation Page

1:36 PM, May 09, 2012

Keith Judd, a federal inmate incarcerated in Texas, garnered 40 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary in West Virginia yesterday. The good showing by the convict is a bit of an embarrassment for Barack Obama, but the president's reelection campaign appears to be taking advantage of the situation. The address keithjudd.com mysteriously redirects to a donation page for Obama-Biden 2012. Here's a screenshot:

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West Virginia Democrats: Obama 59.4%, Federal Inmate 40.6%

6:29 AM, May 09, 2012

President Barack Obama has won the Democratic party primary in West Virginia--but it was closer than expected. The president's only opponent in the race, Keith Judd, is an inmate at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas. Obama received 59.4 percent of the Democratic primary vote, Judd received 40.6 percent.

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Obama Might Lose West Virginia Delegate to Federal Inmate

3:09 PM, May 08, 2012

President Barack Obama might not be the only Democratic presidential candidate to receive a national party delegate in West Virginia. Keith Judd might receive one, also. But, in order for him to be represented at the Democratic National Committee convention in North Carolina, he must win at least 15 percent of the vote. The Charleston Gazette reports

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Dem. Governor Not Sure About Voting for Obama

9:14 AM, May 02, 2012

West Virginia's Democratic governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, is not sure who he will vote for in November.

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Tomblin Holds on to Governor's Seat in West Virginia

8:50 PM, Oct 04, 2011

Acting governor Earl Ray Tomblin has won Tuesday's special election for governor in West Virginia, according to the Associated Press. Tomblin, the Democratic state senate president since 1995, defeated Republican businessman and first-time candidate Bill Maloney.

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Tomblin, Maloney Square Off in W.V. Governor's Race

4:50 PM, Oct 03, 2011

Charleston, W. Va.
“There are still people who think this election is in November,” says Bill Maloney, the Republican candidate for governor, at his campaign headquarters downtown late last week. “Even some of our friends!”

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Happy Hour: Smells Like Solyndra

6:00 PM, Sep 16, 2011

Jon Stewart skewers the Obama administration on Solyndra.

Was Solyndra actually looking at getting another loan from the federal government?

Vince Vaughn is a Ron Paul fan

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Manchin Attacks Fellow Democrats Over Budget — Again

The Senator from West Virginia won't vote to raise debt ceiling without fiscal reforms.
12:30 PM, Mar 21, 2011

It's only been a few weeks since Manchin last made a stink about Obama and his fellow Democrats' total lack of leadership. Well, Manchin's not done putting his party through the wringer yet:

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