CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The two candidates who are considered the frontrunners in this year’s U.S. Senate race are now officially running.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant filed to run for the Democratic nomination on Friday morning, a day after Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito filed to run for the Republican nomination.

“I filed to run for the U.S. Senate because we have to put West Virginia first,” Tennant told MetroNews on Friday.  She referenced the Jan. 9 chemical leak and ensuing water emergency that left 300,000 people in parts of nine counties without usable tap water for days.

“If these last two weeks have shown anything, it’s that the people of West Virginia deserve to be put first over profit, the people of West Virginia should be put first over any party or any politics,” she said.

Tennant, who is in her second term as Secretary of State after first being elected in 2008, launched her U.S. Senate campaign last fall with a five-city tour of West Virginia.  She is now in the process of visiting all 55 West Virginia counties.

Capito first announced her plans to run for U.S. Senate in November 2012, before current U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) decided not to seek reelection.

Capito is currently in her seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives where she is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

“I’m going to keep it as positive as I always have,” said Capito of how she plans to run for U.S. Senate.  She said the focus, in the months ahead, should stay on the issues.  “I’m on record on all kinds of topics and I’m willing to defend those votes and then talk about what my future’s going to be.”

As of Friday morning, the others candidates who had filed to run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate were Larry Eugene Butcher of Washington, W.Va. and Matthew Dodrill of Parkersburg.

David Wamsley from Williamstown has filed to run for the Democratic nomination for  U.S. Senate.

The candidate filing deadline comes on Saturday.  Primary Election Day in West Virginia will be Tuesday, May 13.

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  • Jonus Grumby

    Ms. Tennant may fair better if she would run for the second Congressional seat being vacated by Rep, Capito. Running against Shelly will not be the easiest endeavor Natalie ever attempted.

  • PMQ

    Natalie Tennant???? Really??? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA....please stop! You are killing me! Did anyone else notice that Natalie's first name ends in , "LIE" (Nata"lie"), very appropriate. Please just go away.

  • Mike

    Natalie Tennant the death of the unborn children by abortion. This question I asked her when she was running for Secretary of State in Augusta, WV. All we need is another left wing liberal who is going to side with Pelosi and Reed to take our guns, continue the slaughter of innocent children and agree with homosexual marital rights. Lets keep our coal mines and power plants open,WV Christian and moral in nature. Not that I am a fan of Shelly Moore Capito but I think she would be the better candidate. We do not need another yes man or woman in this case for Obama

  • Lbj

    Let's hope Shelley didn't learn much from her dad like extortion , mail fraud , tax fraud or obstruction of justice.

    • Mike

      Or to learn from Natalie's beliefs to support abortion

  • Lbj

    Let's hope Shelley didn't learn much from her dad like extortion mail fraud text fraud or structured of justice

  • Independent View

    Quite an impressive resume' Ms. Tennant brings to the table. Let's review it. WVU Mascot; TV News Reader at two WV television stations--that's it? yep, that's it. Oh, I forgot secretary of state and as SOS, (state's chief election officer) she missed an important election milestone that cost WV taxpayers milions. Maybe Ms. Tennant needs to get some pointers on how to inflate her resume' from the lady democrat running for the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas. Obviously, Ms. tennant's resume' needs fattened up as it's so thin would could read her endorser's daily news through it---the Charleston Gazette.
    Surely, surely, West Virginians will not be duped by this charlatan. If someone cannot run a simple and not needed, purely political office, what would lead a person of average intellengence to vote for this candidate?

    • OldSkool

      And she wasn't that impressive as the mascot.

    • richard

      Would you like to share with us what the resume' of "do nothing Capito" looks like. Let's see... all I can see is that the sucked up to George Bush.

      • Aaron

        As a duly elected Republican by the citizens of West Virginia, would you not expect Congresswoman Capito to vote in a conservative manner?

        • richard

          That's just it, Aaron. Capito is no conservative - never has been. She is no more conservative than Tennant is a pro Obama liberal. I'd be willing to bet that their voting records would be very similar. I just get very tired of these conservatives trying to play capito off as some great conservative and making Tennant look like some "pro Obama" liberal. Although while I'm not a big Obama fan, I would take a pro Obama liberal any day over a lying, stupid Bush. People seem to forget that Bush is the one who got us into the mess we are in today on many fronts, and Obama hasn't done much to get us out.

          • Aaron

            Bush was no more responsible for our current economic situation than you or I are as he was not responsible for the housing bubble.

            That monstrosity belongs to Jimmy Carter who signed the Community Reinvestment Act and Bill Clinton drastically reduced lending and down payment requirements so they share much of the blame.

            Bush owns his share for allowing some zero down mortgages but he tried to eliminate the packaging of mortgage backed derivatives with oversight of Freddie Mac and Fannie May that was killed primarily by Barny Fwank in September, 2011.

            You can try and beat the Booshes fault dead horse if you like but I got to tell you, it ain't floating anymore.

            As for Shelly, I agree, she's not as conservative as some would like which is why those who claim to be conservative in the TEA Party are supporting Pat McGeehan in the Republican Primary.

            With that, I still say SMC by 7% in the primary.

        • ShinnstonGuy

          An elected representative is supposed to vote based on their constituents' opinions, but also on what they think is right. Late in his career Byrd voted ways that were contradictory to West Virginians. And in most cases, he was correct.

          • Aaron

            I doubt you could find many issues in which our Congresswoman voted against the will of her constituents.

      • Independent View

        @ richard--And, Ms. Tennant appeared on any TV station that would have her extolling the virtures of, and, at times, chastizing West Virginias who were skeptical of Obamacare.
        Further, she was one of the first WV politicians to embrace Obama and campaign for him! Now she is running away from Obamacare and even Obama. Disgusting! Spotlights her ignorance!
        On the other hand, Shelly stood by a president that said what he meant and meant what he said--unlike Obama and Tennant.
        To use an approproiate Texas phrase: "Tennant is all hat and no cattle".

        • richard

          Well, I'm sorry but Capito's ignorance of blindly following anything a lying Bush said is certainly no resume' booster. Just means she is still a "do nothing"

  • JT

    Time for some new faces on the national level, No Moore Capito!

    • Harpers Ferry

      And certainly no more Manchin. He is a bigger threat to the health and well-being of West Virginians the last 15 years than anyone

  • steve

    If you want continued failure for WV in every category----vote for Tennant

  • Aaron

    Capito by by 7%

    • Wirerowe

      About right Aaron because the senate is in play both parties will put a lot of outside money and ads. But for this it would not be that close.

  • jrf

    There is no difference between Capito and Tennant.

    • Doug

      Tennant will vote how democrates want her to vote. She will follow the Dems around like a puppy.

  • WV voter

    Voting for Tennant is voting for more Obama big government socialism telling us what's best for us.

    • richard

      That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

  • Michael

    If Freedom Industries backs Capito - I back Tennant.

    • Harpers Ferry

      Other way around buddy. ALL our state politicians continuously back companies like Freedom Industries, no matter whether there is a D or an R after their name.

  • Jake

    An experienced, intellectual conservative vs. an Obamabot mountaineer mascot? Hardly a tough choice.

    • richard

      There is nothing conservative about Capito. She just has poor dumb sheep like you believing that she is.

    • Pragmatic


      RogerD is spot on - do take a look at Capito's record. One might say Tennant is far left of center, Capito, just left of center. May God have mercy on West Virginians - they deserve better.

    • RogerD

      Sorry, Jake. Capito is no conservative. Look at her voting record!

  • Scott

    All I know is Tennant better be great in the north because she'll be crushed in the south jobs going everyday here thanks to her party she defends.

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    • Aaron

      What about George Soros and Chris Hughes who along with liberal super pac's like Media Matters have outspent the Koch brothers cumulatively since 2005?