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Rep. Jenkins files for U.S. Senate race


Charleston Gazette-Mail

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., officially filed to run for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

With the filing, Jenkins solidifies his spot in a crowded GOP primary that includes state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and laid-off coal miner Jimmy “Bo” Copley, all of whom have filed pre-candidacy documentation.

Glen Ferris Inn co-owner Tom Willis also announced plans to run in the primary as well.

The winner of the GOP primary is likely to run against incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. However, Manchin is facing a primary of his own from activist Paula Jean Swearengin.

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