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Capito wins reelection in West Virginia Senate race

Capito wins reelection in West Virginia Senate race
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Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Senate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office MORE is projected to have won reelection in West Virginia, making her the first Republican from the state to be reelected to the upper chamber in more than a century.

The Associated Press called the race for her at 7:30 p.m. EST.

She defeated her Democratic challenger, Paula Jean Swearengin, after gliding through the June primary. She was first elected to the Senate in 2014 when she snagged 62 percent of the vote in the traditionally blue state, which has swung red in recent years.

Capito is West Virginia's first female senator, and won her seat with the largest margin of victory for a Republican in state history.

Since being elected to the Senate, Capito has served on the Appropriations, Commerce, Environment and Public Works, and Rules committees.