- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant will square off in a live televised debate for West Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat.

The two hopefuls will meet Oct. 7 in Charleston for the race’s first announced debate. The West Virginia Press Association, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and AARP are organizing the event.

Capito, a seventh-term congresswoman, announced Thursday she would participate. Tennant, West Virginia’s secretary of state, confirmed her participation in June.

Press Association Executive Director Don Smith says the organizations are deciding whether to invite Libertarian John Buckley and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber.

Capito and Tennant are vying for retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat.

Republicans are gunning for more than a half-dozen states like West Virginia, where President Barack Obama lost and remains unpopular.

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