CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The attention is now fully focused on the Nov. 4 general election in West Virginia — a quick shift that happened for the nominees immediately after the results were in for West Virginia’s 2014 primary election.

“It is now on to November,” said Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, on Wednesday morning.  “We’re going to keep this momentum going and I’m going to win in November.”

The Republican U.S. Senate nominee, though, will have something to say about that in the coming months.

“I have a record that people are going to judge me on and I’m going to fight hard to defend that record and I think it’s a great record for our state,” said Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito who currently represents West Virginia’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The two nominees for the seat she’s held since 2000 are Nick Casey, a former West Virginia Democratic Party chair, and Alex Mooney, a former Maryland Republican Party chair.  In a crowded field of seven Republican candidates, Mooney won the nomination with more than 36 percent of the vote followed by Ken Reed, Charlotte Lane and Steve Harrison — in that order.

“He ran a good campaign,” said Chris Stirewalt, Fox News digital politics editor, of Mooney’s win on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”  “I think that Alex Mooney will make a superior general election candidate than Charlotte Lane would have because you’re going to have this energy.  You’re going to have this hustle.  You’re going to have this base out.”

The 1st Congressional District race, come November, will be between Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and state Auditor Glen Gainer.  Neither faced competition in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

In the 3rd Congressional District, Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) sounded confident the day after he was renominated to the seat he’s held since 1977.  “I have another flip-flopper that’s running against me.  I’m not sure which party he will be in by the time the November election rolls around, but I’m grateful to my party for sticking with me,” he said.

State Sen. Evan Jenkins (R-Cabell, 5) — who changed party affiliations last year to challenge Rahall — said his chances are looking good, six months out from the Nov. 4 general election.  “Changing to a Republican is fighting for our state, fighting for our jobs and fighting for our future,” he said.  “I simply could not be a part of the Rahall-Obama agenda.”

Jenkins has the support of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  “This is not personal,” said Steve Roberts, Chamber of Commerce president.  “This is really about a change in direction.”

On Thursday, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), a former Republican National Committee co-chair, will attend a fundraising event for Jenkins in Charleston at the Chamber’s headquarters.

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  • Gary Karstens

    Capito voted for budgets in Congress that caused the debt in this country. No excuse for that and it is time she is called on the carpet for this. And the war that she constantly supported was a TOTAL waste of time, energy and financial resources.

  • PMQ

    Natalie Tennant=Tool, Joke, No Chance. Obama schill. Never talks straight. It is a shame, she can campaign, keep current job, if she looses she falls back to the Government Trough. What a waste.

  • Independent voter

    Exactly what is that GREAT record in Washington that Capito is so proud of? Anyone?

    • Mountain Navy

      Exactly what is so great about Tennant? No experience and a Obama yes person.

    • wv_hawk

      Please look at her website

      I looked through many of her sponsored and co-sponsored legislation and saw much she has done (or tried to do) for West Virginians, and nothing to hurt West Virginians. Read for yourself, however.

      But the bottom line for me is this... she won't be Obama's rubber-stamp (uhhh - like Natalie, maybe)?

      btw - I'm a registered Democrat. I'll be voting for everything that will help West Virginians and against everything that hurts West Virginians. And here's my "rule of thumb" - Things that Obama and his "clones" have done to hurt West Virginia need to be reversed.

      • Mountain Navy

        Same here. Tennant will be Obama's yes person. She will be the last nail in the coffin for coal.

    • wvman75

      Better than any democrat, that's for sure.

      • Independent voter

        Even Senator Byrd?

        • Judge Jimmy

          Well at least she hasn't burned crosses and wore Klan robes.