GOP U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant each face two longshots in primaries for retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s Democratic seat. Their presumed November matchup is a significant one in the battle for control of the narrowly Democratic Senate.
Occupation: West Virginia secretary of state
Political experience: Elected as Democratic secretary of state in 2008. Re-elected in 2012.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, West Virginia University
Endorsements: Charleston Gazette; U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin; U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller; West Virginia AFL-CIO; AFSCME; EMILY’s List; Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett, ret.; National Education Association/West Virginia Education Association; American Federation of Teachers (West Virginia); Service Employees International Union; American Association for Justice; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Teamsters; Communications Workers of America; United Steelworkers; Sheet Metal Workers; Plumbers/Pipefitters; Operating Engineers; Asbestos Workers; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; The United Food and Commercial Workers; United Automobile Workers; American Federation of Government Employees; National Elevator Constructors; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Contributions: $1.5 million
Cash on hand: $1.1 million