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Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary

Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary
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Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoWhoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' GOP senator: No indication of widespread voting irregularities, window for Trump challenges is 'closing' Hillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software 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) ManchinVoters split on eliminating the filibuster: poll OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee 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 MillerChamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night Partial 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 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.