Capito, Tennant primary wins set stage for all-female WV Senate race

posted at 9:31 pm on May 13, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

The next senator of West Virginia will be the first woman senator from the Mountain State. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito got the GOP nod tonight, with no tough competition, while Secretary of State Natalie Tennant took the Democrats’ candidacy. Capito leads by double digits, and would be the first Republican senator since the ’50s from this quirky, rural, conservative state where a conservative Democratic Party retains a huge registration advantage and many state and national offices. The winner of the race would take retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat.

I guess if Capito wins, the national press can go back to pretending she’s not a real woman, but while Tennant still has a chance, Capito can and should ride the attention this race will get to be a living refutation of the War on Women line. Now, many of the things that should make her a perfect refutation of the War on Women attack to members of the press make her no hero to conservatives. She’s famously moderate, pro-choice, happy to bring home the bacon, and has the attendant low vote scores from conservative organizations. West Virginia’s a state where you could probably get a credible candidate on the ticket who’s more conservative than Capito, and conservatives would be right to demand it. But because no such strong candidate emerged, we might as well take the very strong chance at a Senate seat and the fact that our nominee shatters several omnipresent press narratives about the Republican Party.

Mike Warren profiled Capito for The Weekly Standard. Bottom line: she’s not great on the stump, and conservatives have issues with her, but she’ll probably win anyway. Something I learned which I find mildly encouraging about her— she’s supported Paul Ryan’s budgets. Read the whole thing.

On fiscal and spending issues, Capito is a bona fide moderate, and the recent small-government, Tea Party trend of the GOP hasn’t reached West Virginia. She told the National Journal in January that one of her models is Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, the quintessential Republican centrist. Capito and her fellow West Virginia Republican House member David McKinley get middling to dismal ratings from conservative groups like the American Conservative Union, the National Taxpayers Union, and Heritage Action. When Capito announced her Senate candidacy in November 2012, the Club for Growth issued a stinging memo denouncing the many federal spending projects she had supported over the years.

“Congresswoman Capito has a long record of support of bailouts, pork, and bigger government,” wrote Club president Chris Chocola. “She voted to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for massive expansions of government-run health insurance, giveaways to big labor, and repeatedly voted to continue funding for wasteful earmarks like an Exploratorium in San Francisco and an Aquarium in South Carolina.”

When I ask her about the spending record in an interview in Ripley, she straightens up in her chair and leans forward, lowering her voice. “I was sent to Congress to represent 650,000 West Virginians,” she says. “I live in one of the states that is one of the most economically challenged states in the country. The only way to get our children out of poverty is to get them educated and healthy.” Expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, for instance, is a vote she’d “defend all the way down the line.” And in her defense, Capito’s been a consistent supporter of the Paul Ryan budget.


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Goona be a Cat Fight!!!!

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

But because no such strong candidate emerged, we might as well take the very strong chance at a Senate seat and the fact that our nominee shatters several omnipresent press narratives about the Republican Party.

That’s about the only bright side. But pro choice? Come on. I’m quite sure that D Senators from WV have been pro life, so it’s hardly a negative there.

Anyway, we also have the strong possibility of Joni Ernst winning the Iowa nomination, a much stronger conservative. Maybe Karen Handel from GA too, although that will likely be a run off.

cat_owner on May 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Updated:
5/13/14 9:35 PM ET

Polls Close:
7:30 PM ET

2014 West Virginia Senate Primaries Result
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Republican

61.2% Reporting
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Winner S. Capito 87.5% 50,014
M. Dodrill 8.2% 4,671
L. Butcher
4.4% 2,504
Democrat

61.7% Reporting
Tweet

Winner N. Tennant 78.8% 67,569
D. Melton 10.7% 9,152
D. Wamsley 10.6% 9,074

http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/senate/west-virginia/#.U3LHeHbDWgY

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM

I can’t figure WV out. So many elected Dems, while Dems wage war on one of their primary employers and engines of economic growth (coal).

I don’t get it, but then again, stupid is hard to get.

xNavigator on May 13, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I don’t care that she’s a woman one way or the other, I just want to know how likely she is to cross the aisle and vote with the Democrats on crucial pieces of legislation like Collins, Snow, Murkowski, and Brown, et al.

thatsafactjack on May 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

2014 US elections
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Former Maryland Republican Party chairman Alex Mooney wins crowded Republican primary in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District – @AP

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

On fiscal and spending issues, Capito is a bona fide moderate
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Oh Boy,..a RINOEtte!!
(sarc)

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

OT….Drudge – HOLDER: No Investigation Into Secret Waiting Lists, Veteran Deaths at VA Hospitals…

Another good reason why I despise this administration. esh

CoffeeLover on May 13, 2014 at 9:45 PM

The war on women continues! Fight on!

she’s not a real woman

Aw, yeah, babe. Can’t possibly be.

Chuck Ef on May 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

a woman one way or the other
thatsafactjack on May 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

How many ways are there to be a woman?

kcewa on May 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I don’t care that she’s a woman one way or the other, I just want to know how likely she is to cross the aisle and vote with the Democrats on crucial pieces of legislation like Collins, Snow, Murkowski, and Brown, et al.

thatsafactjack on May 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

And pray tell: what were the crucial pieces of legislation that passed because those people crossed the aisle?

joana on May 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I don’t live in West Virginia, but I can see it from my house. Spend quite a bit of time over there and have pretty much traveled the whole place. There are tough, good, thinking people there, so please don’t paint them all as stupid. They are simply out numbered like we are out here in “red” Virginia by the city-dwellers & college kids. Most HAVE voted democrat for years because their parents voted democrat, and the unions (who STILL own WVA) strongly suggest it.

graywaiter on May 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

I just want to know how likely she is to cross the aisle and vote with the Democrats on crucial pieces of legislation like Collins, Snow, Murkowski, and Brown, et al.

thatsafactjack on May 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

On The Issues preeeety moderate…

kcewa on May 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

West Virginia’s a state where you could probably get a credible candidate on the ticket who’s more conservative than Capito, and conservatives would be right to demand it. But because no such strong candidate emerged, we might as well take the very strong chance at a Senate seat and the fact that our nominee shatters several omnipresent press narratives about the Republican Party.

…MKH!…you have that attitude………….a lot!

KOOLAID2 on May 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

And pray tell: what were the crucial pieces of legislation that passed because those people crossed the aisle?

joana on May 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

This could be fun.

KCB on May 13, 2014 at 9:53 PM

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

That’s better news. He was endorsed by the SCF, among others. He’s a solid conservative.

cat_owner on May 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

I lived in Beckley way back in the late 70′s.
WV is one backwards state.

Tard on May 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

West Virginia is quirky, a Republican winning would be pretty neat.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

I don’t care if she’s a RINO or not. She has an R by her name and if she gets the win, that’s 2 more than Harry Reid has to win to keep his position. I say, go girl.

COgirl on May 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Goona be a Cat Fight!!!!

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Giddyup!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wrL9z3Kvww

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Tard on May 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Hey! That’s where my dad was from. I guess I still have family there. It’s a beautiful state but dad always said if you’ve seen on rock, you’ve seen them all.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

OT….Drudge – HOLDER: No Investigation Into Secret Waiting Lists, Veteran Deaths at VA Hospitals…

Another good reason why I despise this administration. esh

CoffeeLover on May 13, 2014 at 9:45 PM

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WASHINGTON Tue May 13, 2014 9:10pm EDT
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Representative Jeff Miller, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the commission was needed because “VA’s delays in care problem is growing in size and scope by the day.”

Probes into deaths of veterans who were waiting for medical appointments at some VA clinics and hospitals and into allegations of schemes to mask months-long waiting times for care were now beyond the capabilities and resources of the VA’s own inspector general’s office, the Florida Republican said.

“For nearly a year, we have been pleading with top Department of Veterans Affairs leaders and the president to take immediate steps to stop the growing pattern of preventable veteran deaths and hold accountable any and all VA employees who have allowed patients to slip through the cracks,” Miller said in a statement.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/14/us-usa-politics-veterans-idUSBREA4D01K20140514?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=574655

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:57 PM

West Virginia’s a state where you could probably get a credible candidate on the ticket who’s more conservative than Capito, and conservatives would be right to demand it. But because no such strong candidate emerged, we might as well take the very strong chance at a Senate seat and the fact that our nominee shatters several omnipresent press narratives about the Republican Party.

- Mary Katharine ham

Would be nice if you argued against ethnic and gender group politics more often, instead of getting all giddy when Republicans play that same game.

bluegill on May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Pro Murder, huh, what about the 2nd Amendment.

Bishop on May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

She’s famously moderate, pro-choice, happy to bring home the bacon, and has the attendant low vote scores from conservative organizations.

I dunno, she sounds like a Democrat to me…and another vote for amnesty. Yeah, sweet victory…

rcpjr on May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

OT: Fox News says Sasse wins.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Ben Sasse wins GOP nomination. Per Fox

CoffeeLover on May 13, 2014 at 9:59 PM

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:57 PM

thanks

CoffeeLover on May 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM

I dunno, she sounds like a Democrat to me…and another vote for amnesty. Yeah, sweet victory…

rcpjr on May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Not the hill to die on, bigot, but she would be a rock-solid vote against naming a post office branch after Charlie Rangel.

Bishop on May 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Giddyup!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wrL9z3Kvww

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

BuckeyeSam: Lol, good one:)

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 10:01 PM

joana on May 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Obama’s “stimulus” package, for one.

notropis on May 13, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Seksy Steyn on Hannity tonite :O

burrata on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 42s

BREAKING: University president and tea party favorite Ben Sasse wins Nebraska GOP US Senate nomination

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

BREAKING: University president and tea party favorite Ben Sasse wins Nebraska GOP US Senate nomination

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Joana just overflowed his depends.

Bishop on May 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

2014 US elections
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Midland University president, tea party favorite Ben Sasse wins Nebraska GOP US Senate nomination – @AP
Read more on abcnews.go.com

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Most HAVE voted democrat for years because their parents voted democrat, and the unions (who STILL own WVA) strongly suggest it.

graywaiter on May 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Well, that identifies the problem, doesn’t it? Would bricklayers vote for politicians who were shutting down brick factories? That’s what’s happening in WV with coal. It doesn’t make sense except as a ‘voting straight party-line tickets’ reflex, which is foolish on either side of the aisle. There are plenty of Republicans I won’t vote for, like my current governor this fall.

xNavigator on May 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Joana just overflowed his depends.

Bishop on May 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Bishop:Lol,..F***king “A”!–:0

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I dunno, she sounds like a Democrat to me…and another vote for amnesty. Yeah, sweet victory…

rcpjr on May 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

I have to believe she’ll be good on energy. Keep in mind that this has been a red state for presidential elections, but its had Dem senators for years. You have crawl before you walk, and walk before you run.

If she adds one to the R column, the GOP is that much closer to taking the Senate. And if the GOP doesn’t blow it, how much is it going to take to get Manchin to hop over so that he finally belong to a party that’s not trying to impoverish his constituents?

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

BREAKING: University president and tea party favorite Ben Sasse wins Nebraska GOP US Senate nomination

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

The Bohner weeps tonite :O

burrata on May 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I’m voting GOP in 2016 no matter who the nominee is because Party First!

Bishop on May 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I don’t care if she’s a RINO or not. She has an R by her name and if she gets the win, that’s 2 more than Harry Reid has to win to keep his position. I say, go girl.

COgirl on May 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Like McConnell will be a any different. Both are professional thieves, just working for different clients.

kcewa on May 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Hopefully one more step toward replacing Reid in setting the Senate agenda.

talkingpoints on May 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Seksy Steyn on Hannity tonite :O

burrata on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

On the Nigerian girls, Steyn say you have to have more than a fashionable hashtag.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Obama’s “stimulus” package, for one.

notropis on May 13, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Only Snowe and Collins voted for the stimulus and the Democrats didn’t need their votes to pass it anyway.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

joana on May 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

The vote for cloture was 61, including Snowe, Collins and Specter. Discounting Specter, 61 – 2 = 59, and it would have failed cloture. I know, math is hard.

notropis on May 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Joana just overflowed his depends.

Bishop on May 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Well, those Depends have “Deep Moral Reasons”

ToddPA on May 13, 2014 at 10:13 PM

he Associated Press @AP · 42s

BREAKING: University president and tea party favorite Ben Sasse wins Nebraska GOP US Senate nomination

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

One week ago:

I fully support Ben Sasse in this race. As do Paul Ryan and the Club for Growth.

joana on May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

joana on May 13, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Teahadi Moby

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 10:17 PM

On the Nigerian girls, Steyn say you have to have more than a fashionable hashtag.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

You mean Mooch’s ugly mean scowl will not scare the sh!* out of those gHadys ?

burrata on May 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

. . . . . The winner of the race would take retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat.

Mary Katharine Ham on May 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM

.
Sooo, huh … Jay Rockefelller didn’t want to ‘die-in-office’.

I never would have guessed that.

listens2glenn on May 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I’ll root for Capito, but the woman I want to see win
is the gal who cuts the N*ts off of Hogs…

ToddPA on May 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

ToddPA on May 13, 2014 at 10:13 PM

ROFL. We may have to nickname you Bulldog!

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

xNavigator on May 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Yes, I agree that they have been voting against their interests. The war on coal exploded with Obama, and they’re now feeling the effects. And they’re pissed. Coal is pretty much all they have. They DID love Robert Byrd, half the damn state is named after that fool, because he brought home the bacon…scratch that…he brought home the whole blessed hog. And, they’ve learned the hard way how insignificant little WVA is to the ‘rats. They just didn’t expect to be the lambs led to the dems global warming slaughter.

graywaiter on May 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

ToddPA on May 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

You mean Joni Ernst. I’m looking forward to that one myself.

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 10:32 PM

How could anybody from West Virginia vote for a democrat? For just what they’ve done to the coal industry, it amazes me that every dem in WV hasn’t been tarred and feathered.

Old eagle on May 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM

I’m just happy West Virginia is going to elect another pro-choice Republican to the Senate.

thuja on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I, for one, am just glad that the WV GOP isn’t running Raese again.

myrenovations on May 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

I’m just happy West Virginia is going to elect another pro-choice Republican to the Senate.

thuja on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Huh? Last Republican West Virginia elected to the Senate was Chapman Revercomb more than 50 years ago.

joana on May 14, 2014 at 12:50 AM

I’m just happy West Virginia is going to elect another pro-choice Republican to the Senate.

thuja on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

.
I’m just sad that you esteem a developing fetus/BABY … to be a “lower life form”.

listens2glenn on May 14, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Will conservatives be represented on the ballot? A third party candidate perhaps.

redware on May 14, 2014 at 6:43 AM

West Virginia’s a state where you could probably get a credible candidate on the ticket who’s more conservative than Capito, and conservatives would be right to demand it. But because no such strong candidate emerged, we might as well take the very strong chance at a Senate seat and the fact that our nominee shatters several omnipresent press narratives about the Republican Party.

Nope, sorry.

Capito is pro-choice. That’s the end of the conversation for me. The abortion issue is the single most important issue of our time, and I will not vote for a candidate who is pro-choice. Period.

I will either vote third party in that race, or I will not vote in that race. But I will not compromise on that issue, or on other core conservative issues, regardless of whether or not a particular candidate helps or hurts “the narrative.”

Shump on May 14, 2014 at 8:26 AM

And in her defense, Capito’s been a consistent supporter of the Paul Ryan budget.

Not anything to be all that proud of. Given that the Ryan budget would still take something like >10 years to balance the budget. I won’t be impressed until we get politicians that are willing to stake out a budget that balances THIS year.

sumpnz on May 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I’m just happy West Virginia is going to elect another pro-choice Republican to the Senate.

thuja on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I’m just sad that you esteem a developing fetus/BABY … to be a “lower life form”.

listens2glenn on May 14, 2014 at 1:07 AM

You just have to ignore thuja. He/she/it would have voted for slavery back in the day. After all, pro-slavery and pro-death use the exact same arguments… “they aren’t really human”.

dominigan on May 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

You can not vote for Capito if you’re pro-life. But honestly are you better off with a Democratic controlled Senate with a president who is pro choice? I’d take my chances on gaining another seat in the Senate. Party matters most. This is how we lost to Obama in 2012.

COgirl on May 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

WV is wild and wonderful

gwhh on May 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Yes, I agree that they have been voting against their interests…They just didn’t expect to be the lambs led to the dems global warming slaughter.

graywaiter on May 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Unfortunately, I don’t have any sympathy for WV. This administration has been waging a war on coal for long enough now that they ought to be voting differently, and they’re not. If you shoot yourself in the foot once by accident, I think you deserve some sympathy. If you pull the gun back out and shoot a few more holes in yourself, you’re just a fool.

I’ve figured that out, after shooting myself in the foot once; I’ll be voting my esteemed Republican governor out. We’ll see if I’m in the majority or not. Could be close.

xNavigator on May 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Something I learned which I find mildly encouraging about her— she’s supported Paul Ryan’s budgets.

Oh well, another big spending RINO. Will she join the McCain wing of conservative haters in Washington?

Freddy on May 14, 2014 at 3:34 PM