Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoSenate GOP battles for leverage with House on spending Lawmakers, media team up for charity tennis event The Hill's Morning Report — Trump picks new fight with law enforcement, intelligence community MORE (R-W.Va.) won an easy victory in West Virginia’s Senate race Tuesday night, giving Republicans their first pickup of the night, according to multiple projections.

Capito defeated Democrat Natalie Tennant, West Virginia’s secretary of State, who never managed to gain much traction in her underdog bid for the seat. 

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Seen as a long shot from the start, national Democrats largely wrote off the race as a win for Republicans after Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term MORE (D-W.Va.) announced his plans to retire, and other higher-profile potential contenders opted out.

West Virginia's red lean, and President Obama's deep unpopularity there, were both too strong for Tennant to overcome, despite her efforts to distance herself from the president.

Capito, meanwhile, was a top recruit for Republicans. She benefited from her family's deep ties to her state and prevailing goodwill towards her father, well-liked former Gov. Arch Moore (R).