March 23, 2014

A NATURAL GOP SEAT:

W. Virginia Rep. Capito May Tip Senate to GOP (Salena Zito - March 23, 2014, Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Through seven terms in Congress, Shelley Moore Capito largely has avoided national attention. Now her U.S. Senate race has raised her profile as one of the Republican Party's best hopes to tip the chamber's balance of power.

The party could win a narrow majority this fall if it holds onto its 45 Senate seats and takes six of the 55 held by Democrats, including that of West Virginia's Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring. Political strategists agree that Capito's candidacy presents the GOP with a good opportunity.

"This race is quickly becoming 'likely Republican' if things continue to come together for Capito," said Kyle Kondik, a University of Virginia political analyst. "... She is one of the few moderate candidates out there and has the right profile in this state to become the first Republican senator since the 1950s."
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