West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) launched her campaign for Senate on Tuesday with a vow to fight President Obama if his energy policies threaten the state's coal industry. 

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"Let me make this clear right here, right now: I disagree with the Obama administration's policies on coal," Tennant said at a Beckley, W.Va., event, according to The Associated Press

"I will fight any Republican or any Democrat, including President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE, who tries to kill our energy jobs, whether they are coal, natural gas, wind or water."

Tennant, who is considered an underdog in the race to fill the seat being vacated by 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), also slammed her likely Republican opponent 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 as "part of the problem" in Congress. 

She spoke in front of about 100 supporters and entered to Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like a Woman," a nod to the fact that she could make history as the state's first female senator.

Regardless of which party wins, however, West Virginia looks likely to send a woman to the Senate. 

Capito is expected to win her primary, despite facing a conservative challenger, former state Del. Patrick McGeehan (R).

Rockefeller endorsed Tennant immediately upon her entrance into the race, asserting that West Virginians "cannot afford to let this Senate seat fall in the hands of the party of Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE and Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE."

"[Tennant] is a West Virginian through and through. She has an unwavering commitment to public service and, most importantly, a ceaseless passion for the people of West Virginia and our challenges," he said.

Though the Mountain State hasn't sent a Republican to the Senate since the 1950s, it's become increasingly red in recent years, and Obama lost there in 2012 by more than 25 percentage points.

That red tint informs the strategy Republicans are already formulating: to tie Tennant to the national party, particularly on Obama's policies surrounding coal, which is a significant part of the state's economy.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director Rob Collins called Tennant Obama's "biggest" friend in West Virginia in a statement.

"Barack Obama doesn't have many fans in West Virginia, but his biggest one is without question Natalie Tennant. Natalie Tennant is an Obama-supporting liberal more in the mold of [Senate Majority Leader] Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE than [Sen.] Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary MORE [D-W.Va.] when it comes to coal and energy, jobs, and ObamaCare," he said.

He also noted that the Environmental Protection Agency is releasing a proposal this week to limit greenhouse gases produced by future power plants, which would significantly impact the coal industry.

"It's telling that Natalie Tennant … is launching her campaign the very same week that a new phase of the Obama Administration's war on coal and American energy was launched," he said.

But Tennant, aside from criticizing Obama on coal, also on Tuesday, suggested new policies that would promote coal exports and invest in ports that transport coal. 

She pledged to push for a "new covenant" for the coal industry to "[keep] its promise for health care benefits and pensions to its miners."

She also defended the Affordable Care Act as offering benefits to coal miners whose health is negatively impacted by the industry, though she said aspects of the law need to be fixed.

She'll continue her kickoff tour with Tuesday stops in Charleston and Morgantown.