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West Virginia Rep. Capito May Tip Senate to GOP
Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2014 | Salena Zito

Posted on 03/23/2014 2:41:14 PM PDT by Din Maker

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.

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.

If she beats her Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Capito would become the state's first female senator; she was its first female in Congress with her election to the 2nd District seat. She and Tennant have underfunded challengers with low name recognition in their parties' May primary.

“My race for Congress in 2000 was so close, so close. But I knew if I won, it was big, not because it was me but because I was a Republican, which meant ... all of those straight-ticket party voters started listening to the message and the messenger,”

Democratic registration remains 2-to-1 in the state, but Bill Clinton was the last Democrat to win the presidential race here in 1996 — by a solid 15 percent. Four years later, George W. Bush won by nearly 7 percentage points, and subsequent GOP nominees won with increasing margins. Now under President Obama, “folks have started saying, ‘Hey, wait a minute, I am losing my job' or ‘My health care (insurance cost) is going up,' ” Capito said. “Our voters here now are doing what you want them to do — you want them to cross over and vote for the right person.”

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; capito; mountainmama; randsconcerntrolls; senateraces; shelleymoorecapito; takemehome; tpinos; westvirginia; wv2014
Hmmmm..... A moderate; eh?
1 posted on 03/23/2014 2:41:15 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

Don’t matter, the RINO’s will form a new “gang of X” and it will still be a pit for all house bills.

If you don’t have 60, then you got gridlock.


2 posted on 03/23/2014 2:50:39 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Don’t matter, the RINO’s will form a new “gang of X” and it will still be a pit for all house bills. If you don’t have 60, then you got gridlock.

Agree on the gridlock, but if we send Ted, Mike and Rand enough reinforcements, and Mitch is still the leader he then has to deal with a Conservative Faction possibly as big or greater than the RINO's. If he wins, he may rue the day he won his re-election. If he looses IMHO one of our firebrands runs for it and gets it or makes a good showing to remind the RINO's you don't own us.

The Gridlock would stop Obama to a point, but Bills would now make it to the Senate floor for Debate and eventually Veto which would show even more who and what Obama is. Set the stage for 2016 perhaps, especially if a free-market health care reform bill makes it to him or 2 or 3 versions do and he veto's them instead of a signing like Clinton did with Welfare Reform. He might even wake up the LI voters that he is an ideologue at that point...

3 posted on 03/23/2014 2:58:14 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: 12th_Monkey

> If you don’t have 60, then you got gridlock.

Considering the drek masquerading as legislation coming out of the Congress pretty much all my 60+ years on this earth, gridlock is good.

May they never pass another new bill, without first repealing all the nonsense they’ve passed since the turn of the 20th century, including legislation to repeal the 13th, 14th, 16th, and 17th amendments.

Just a dream, I know.


4 posted on 03/23/2014 3:01:11 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Din Maker

This woman spoke at my son’s graduation from Hampden-Sydney College. She didn’t sound like a moderate to me.


5 posted on 03/23/2014 3:21:01 PM PDT by trimom
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To: Din Maker

The NRCC has already declared that it will spend whatever it takes to defeat Tea Party primary challengers to its hand picked Main Street Republican establishment candidate.

West Virginians are being used as pawns by the establishment GOP. Its like we don’t even deserve a choice. Cold day in hell before I vote for Capito! Other people are saying it too.

The dem running will even be more conservative than the NRCC’s choice. So it boils down to voting for a conservative dem or voting for a progressive GOPe choice. Sorry if senate control hangs in the balance, but the NRCC caused this. It should stay out of WV primaries.


6 posted on 03/23/2014 3:31:17 PM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: trimom

> This woman spoke at my son’s graduation from Hampden-Sydney
> College. She didn’t sound like a moderate to me.

That’s how RINOs operate.

Fake right, vote left.

Look at the policies she supports and the votes she’s cast. That’s where the rubber meets the road.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 3:36:15 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: taildragger

You nailed it. All the constitutionalists need is 5 or 6 more and McConnell, if he wins, would have to deal with them.
Actually, 6 or 7 would do, since we have to consider the back stabbers like McCain and Graham are leftists.
So 9 to overturn the senate and minus two, to counter the back stabbers. Or aint I counting right here?


8 posted on 03/23/2014 3:37:51 PM PDT by crz
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To: FreeInWV

Are you really saying that Capito is to the left of Tennant? Just curious! I don’t know WV politics, but that would seem rather rare to happen! (or is Tennant feinting conservative, to govern progressive?)


9 posted on 03/23/2014 3:53:14 PM PDT by 88keys (hard times we're living in...election 2014!)
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To: Din Maker
We Republicans here in WV are quite happy to envision the pickup of the US Senate seat by Congresswoman Capito.

Capito may not be ideologically conservative, but Democrat Natalie Tennant is so far left-wing that she has been actively supported by George Soros and the radical pro-abortion PACs. Anyone who supports Tennant for US Senate is insane, and we are very happy that we have a good strong candidate to oppose her. This can be predicted to have VERY dirty election tactics by the Democrats.

10 posted on 03/23/2014 3:56:03 PM PDT by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: Westbrook
That’s how RINOs operate.

Fake right, vote left.

Look at the policies she supports and the votes she’s cast. That’s where the rubber meets the road.


Just don't look at votes cast within 9 months of an election. That's McCain's scam, and it's worked for him damn near every re-election cycle.
11 posted on 03/23/2014 3:58:19 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: wildandcrazyrussian

What is your gut feeling at this point in the campaign? Do you think Capito is going to take this seat? Are there enough people who loathe Barack Obama and ObamaCare, that they will vote Republican in an off-year election? Give us some input please.


12 posted on 03/23/2014 4:19:57 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorse Mitch McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: FreeInWV; All

So it boils down to voting for a conservative dem or voting for a progressive GOPe choice.
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TO: FreeInWV - - I just found out today that Capito is a Moderate. But, to hell with anyone who even associates with the Party that takes God out of their platform, loves a whore monger and rapist like Bill Clinton, idolizes a Marxist punk like Barack Obama, propagates same-sex marriage and killing little unborn babies. Ever heard that “Birds of a feather flock together”? There is no such thing as a damn “conservative Democrat”. You are who you associate with. If I hang around with drug dealers, you can bet I do drugs. Conservative Democrat my ass.


13 posted on 03/23/2014 4:28:31 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorse Mitch McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> has the right profile in this state to become the first Republican senator since the 1950s... would become the state’s first female senator

Thanks Din Maker.


14 posted on 03/23/2014 4:39:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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I like what I see here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Moore_Capito#Tenure


15 posted on 03/23/2014 4:42:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Shelley Moore Capito Doesn’t Worry Much About the Tea Party
And unlike most Republicans in Washington, the West Virginia Senate hopeful isn’t obsessed with being labeled “conservative,” either.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/shelley-moore-capito-doesn-t-worry-much-about-the-tea-party-20140123


16 posted on 03/23/2014 4:43:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

She’s planning on modeling herself after Lisa MurCOWski?

The only thing positive you could say about her election is she would be voting against Harry Reid for Majority Leader.

She will be part of the MurCOWski, Susan Collins, McCain, et al. reach-across-the-aisle cabal.


17 posted on 03/23/2014 5:51:14 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: FreeInWV

Tennant’s a crook. She overlooked vote fraud in at least one county. Eff the bitch!


18 posted on 03/23/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Those who actually read the page here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Moore_Capito#Tenure

Noticed that she opposed Obamacare, tried to protect coal industry jobs, voted for the Bush tax cuts, and opposed the greenhouse gas BS.

But nice try.


19 posted on 03/23/2014 6:02:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Din Maker

A narrow GOP majority means nothing.
The usual GOP RINO’s will vote with the Rats most of the time.


20 posted on 03/23/2014 7:50:07 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: taildragger

Lot of things got to go right for all that, but your right. If we send more Tea Party people to stir things up, maybe something can get fixed.
At least with the senate in the hands of the Republicans, Obama will be stopped.
We shall see....


21 posted on 03/23/2014 8:25:35 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Those who actually read the page here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Moore_Capito#Tenure

“Noticed that she opposed Obamacare, tried to protect coal industry jobs, voted for the Bush tax cuts, and opposed the greenhouse gas BS. But nice try.”

Come on, SunkenCiv, you know better than that. My comment was based upon your own link to the National Journal article, at your Post 16:

“In an interview with National Journal, Capito didn’t cast herself as conservative—she didn’t so much as utter the word—but instead said she is a “deal-maker” and “realist” in the mold of other moderate Republican women in the upper chamber. Among those she named as models was Sen. Lisa Murkowski—a woman who lost her party’s nomination to a tea-party challenger in 2010, and had to wage a write-in campaign to keep her seat.

“Capito even spoke about some of the benefits of Obamacare—a heresy for most Republicans. The Medicaid expansion has provided insurance for tens of thousands of the poorest West Virginians, and Capito said “coverage is great and having more people covered is excellent,” though she remains concerned about its long-term fiscal impact.”

I stand on my original comment, which is backed up by your own linked story.


22 posted on 03/24/2014 6:46:46 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

IOW, she knows how to shmooze the press — if she were otherwise, all you’d do is condemn her as part of the stupid party. Get lost.


23 posted on 03/24/2014 7:50:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Get lost.”

O.K., but no hard feeling from this quarter. I enjoy your posts on ancient peoples and cultures. We seem to differ over what the content of the National Journal article means. Maybe the reporter was twisting her words. I did not look up her Heritage congressional scorecard.

If I’m wrong about this, and Capito turns out to be a solid conservative, I will be glad to admit it and delighted to see another conservative added to the Senate.

We’ll just have to stay tuned.


24 posted on 03/24/2014 9:20:34 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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