Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAt least Alzheimer’s research is bringing Washington together Overnight Tech: Intel chief says 'no doubt' Russia will meddle in midterms | Dems press FCC over net neutrality comments | Bill aims to bridge rural-urban digital divide | FCC to review rules on children's TV Senators offer bill to close rural-urban internet divide 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 RockefellerOvernight 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 Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers 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).