EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTennant Announces Plans To Run For U.S. Senate
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Also Contributing: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Sep. 13, 2013 5:02 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 9:37 AM EDT
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is running for Democrat Jay Rockefeller's seat in the U.S. Senate.
Tennant confirmed her plans to The Associated Press Monday, a day ahead of planned announcements in Beckley, Charleston and Morgantown.
Her candidacy sets up the possibility of a high-profile battle with popular seven-term Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. Capito announced her intentions to run before Rockefeller announced he wouldn't seek a sixth term.
If each candidate wins her respective primary, West Virginia voters could elect a woman senator for the first time.
Tennant's announcement was anticipated. Last week the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement calling her a "cookie-cutter liberal."
In an email to supporters Monday night, state Democratic Party Chair Larry Puccio called Tennant "the people's candidate."
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West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant has two news conferences scheduled Tuesday when she is expected to announce her plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.
According to the Draft Natalie Tennant For U.S. Senate 2014 Facebook page, Tennant was expected to detail her plans at news conferences set for 9:30 a.m. at Tamarack in Beckley and at 11:30 a.m. at the West Virginia Culture Center.
Several national media outlets last week reported that Tennant was throwing her hat into the ring for U.S. Senate. Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who represents West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, is considered the favorite for the Republican nomination for the seat.
Two national media outlets reported Friday that West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is expected to announce a run for U.S. Senate in 2014.
Political journalism website Politico cited two unnamed Democratic sources about the race who they said were familiar with Tennant’s thinking.
Aaron Blake of the Washington Post reported Tennant, 45, is expected to announce her decision Tuesday. Blake attributed his information to three people he said had knowledge of her plans.
Democrats have been working to recruit a strong candidate for the race to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who represents West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, is considered the favorite for the Republican nomination for the seat.
Tennant was elected as secretary of state in 2008. She ran for governor in the 2011 special election to fill the remaining term of Gov. Joe Manchin, who left the position to become a U.S. senator. Tennant lost the Democratic nomination to current Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. She was re-elected as secretary of state in 2012.
A poll conducted in August by the Charleston Daily Mail showed Capito leading Tennant, 45 percent to 40 percent.
Before serving as secretary of state, Tennant was a businesswoman and worked as a reporter and anchor for WCHS TV.
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