Tennant to seek Rockefeller seat
MORGANTOWN (AP) – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is running for Democrat Jay Rockefeller’s seat in the U.S. Senate.
Tennant confirmed her plans to The Associated Press Monday, a day ahead of planned announcements in Beckley, Charleston and Morgantown.
Her candidacy sets up the possibility of a high-profile battle with popular seven-term Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. Capito announced her intentions to run before Rockefeller announced he wouldn’t seek a sixth term.
If each candidate wins her respective primary, West Virginia voters could elect a woman senator for the first time.
Tennant’s announcement was anticipated. Last week the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement calling her a “cookie-cutter liberal.”