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Tennant to seek Rockefeller's US Senate seat

Updated: Tuesday, September 17 2013, 03:23 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- 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 soon after 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."

Tennant to seek Rockefeller's US Senate seat

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