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Shelley Moore Capito wins reelection to U.S. Senate

Shelley Moore Capito won her reelection bid to the U.S. Senate, according to The Associated Press.

“I’m humbled and thrilled and grateful to West Virginia and eager to go back to work,” Capito said during MetroNews’ Election Night coverage.

The race was called right after West Virginia polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Media organizations such as Fox News also called this race right away.
Just before 10 p.m., with 66% of the votes in, Capito had 387,100 (69%) votes to Paula Jean Swearengin’s 157,510 (28%). All numbers are unofficial.

The three Republican incumbents in West Virginia’s congressional delegation — David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Carol Miller — also were projected as winners by MetroNews.

MetroNews West Virginia Poll sampling from Oct. 1-6 showed likely voters favoring incumbent Capito, a Republican, over her challenger, Democrat Swearengin.

At the time, West Virginia likely voters favored Capito over Swearengin, 53% to 33%. Another 5% supported David Moran, a Libertarian candidate. And 9% said they weren’t sure.

Capito has served in the Senate since 2015, after first being elected to Congress in 2001. In 2014, Capito defeated Democrat Natalie Tennant, with 62% of the vote to Tennant’s 34%.

“There’s still so much to do,” Capito said Tuesday night.

Swearengin ran unsuccessfully in the 2018 Primary Election against incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin.

In West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, MetroNews called the race in favor of incumbent Republican David McKinley over Democratic challenger Natalie Cline.

McKinley has already served five terms, starting with the 2012 election.

McKinley said on MetroNews Election Night coverage that his goals include preserving West Virginia’s energy economy and keeping prescription drug prices down.

But he acknowledged that’s a challenge as a Republican in Congress, where Democrats have the majority.

“When you’re in the minority, it’s very, very difficult to get things accomplished,” McKinley said.

In the 2nd Congressional District, MetroNews called the race in favor of incumbent Republican Alex Mooney over challenger Cathy Kunkel, a Democrat.

Mooney assumed office in 2015.

In the 3rd Congressional District, MetroNews called the race for incumbent Republican Carol Miller, who faced challenger Hilary Turner, a Democrat.

Miller, a former state delegate, was first elected to Congress in 2018.

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