However, McKinley warned that her nomination isn't a foregone conclusion, and that West Virginia Republicans will be watching the way she votes in the coming months.

“If she is not going to be that fiscal hawk that is going to make sure that we get our spending under control, then we’ll find another candidate.”

Capito voted against the deal brokered to avoid the tax increases and budget cuts known as the "fiscal cliff," along with a number of her conservative colleagues, but she voted for the extension of aid to Hurricane Sandy victims — a bill that brought criticism from some fiscal conservatives, but passed with a large margin.

It's clear that Capito's position in the upcoming negotiations surrounding the effort to raise the government's debt ceiling will be closely watched in the state.