Times-West Virginian checks reader interest in political races

Politics in state could get interesting

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Come next fall, West Virginia may elect the first female senator ever to represent the Mountain State.

We say that because the two major contenders are now U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat…
…of course, we’re a little less than a year out and both candidates have plenty of ammunition to use between political affiliations and the mess in Washington, D.C., with the government shutdown and budget crisis.

For instance, Tennant is never going to be able to get away from being “tied” to President Barack Obama by party, and that’s a thorn in her side because 49 percent of the state voters have a strong disapproval rating for the president. And with congressional approval in the single digits and longtime House member Capito tied to the GOP-forced budget battle this fall and the impending one at the first of the year, there’s plenty of hard feelings that can be directed toward her and her campaign.

If they overcome their major obstacles and win their party’s slot on the general election ballot, it will be not only an historic race but an interesting one to watch.

Well, that’s our opinion anyway. But we wanted yours, so we took the question to the readers who log on each week to www.timeswv.com to vote in our online poll question. Last week. we wanted to find out what race has piqued their interest. We asked, “The 2014 midterm elections are gearing up, and candidates are already making announcements and seeking support. What will be the race to watch in West Virginia?”

To read the full editorial and see how the newspaper’s readers responded, go to http://tinyurl.com/lkw9vc7

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