Three Democrats, two Republicans eye Capito’s US Senate seat

Three Democrats, two Republicans eye Capito’s US Senate seat

HUNTINGTON — The 2020 elections have held a set of challenges for candidates due to the COVID-19 pandemic as social distancing and hunkering down have caused traditional campaigning activities, such as rallies, support events and public demonstrations, to be difficult, if not outright impossible, to host. The race for one of West Virginia’s two seats in the U.S. Senate has been no different. Incumbent Shelley Moore Capito has been focused on COVID-19 since the virus began making national headlines. Having devoted a portion of her website to tracking the virus and providing up-to-date information to the public, Capito has been making strides to combat its effects. An example of this can be seen in her cooperation with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand COVID-19 testing with $9.8 million. Having assumed the office in 2015, Capito has been described as a moderate Republican, with her views often switching between falling in and out of line with overall party views. Though she is pro-choice on the subject of abortion, Capito has shown general support for gun ownership. It is this same moderation that is one of the biggest points of criticism from one of her rivals, though. Running against Capito in the primary election is Allen Whitt, the president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia who has described himself as a “hardcore, principled conservative” and holds that Capito has simply not done enough for the state. “The incumbent currently ranks 51st out of 53 Republican senators,” said Whitt. […]

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