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“Maggie’s List is intently focused on getting more fiscally conservative women elected to Congress and we are thrilled to endorse Congresswoman Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoSanders to headline 'Don't Take Our Health Care' bus tour The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill What’s in the Senate healthcare bill MORE in her run for West Virginia’s Senate seat," said Betty Ireland, former West Virginia secretary of State and a member of the Maggie's List board, in a statement.

Maggie's List Chairman Sandra Mortham called Capito "a strong candidate" with "the right ingredients for victory."

Capito's entry into the race was an early recruiting victory for Republicans, and she's poised to make a strong showing in red-leaning West Virginia.

In her bid for the seat, Capito has the added advantage of being a woman, representing a swath of voters with which the GOP had trouble in 2012. According to a recent poll, Capito would lead any comers, including the most probable Democratic candidate, Rep. Nick RahallNick RahallLikely W.Va. Senate GOP rivals spar in radio appearances West Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth MORE, by double-digit margins.