Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary

Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary
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Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAnalysis finds record high number of woman versus woman congressional races Former VA staffer charged with giving seven patients fatal insulin doses Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick MORE easily won West Virginia's GOP Senate primary Tuesday as she marches toward a second term in the upper chamber. 

Moore Capito won with 85 percent of the vote with 18 percent of precincts reporting, prevailing over two Republican challengers. She first won her seat in 2014, securing her place in the Senate with 62 percent of the vote. 

Moore Capito will face off against Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin, a progressive who mounted a primary challenge against Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court cancels shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline | US could avoid 4.5M early deaths by fighting climate change, study finds | Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic MORE (D) in 2018. Swearengin was leading her nearest primary opponent, Richard Ojeda, by 38 percent to 33 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting. 

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Ojeda is a former West Virginia state senator and Army veteran who lost to Rep. Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerPartial disengagement based on democratic characteristics: A new era of US-China economic relations The Hill's Coronavirus Report: CDC predicts US death toll could reach 145,000 by July 11; Premier President Michael Alkire says more resiliency needed in health supply chain Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary MORE (R) in the 2018 race for the state's 3rd District.

 

West Virginia’s Senate race is not anticipated to be competitive. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race as “solid” Republican.