CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito backed GOP candidate Bill Cole Monday in the Senate President’s quest to become West Virginia’s next governor.

Capito was supposed to attend an event with Cole in Putnam County, but cancelled because of the flu.

“West Virginia needs a Governor who knows what it takes to grow jobs and strengthen our economy. Bill Cole is a proven job creator who understands that a stronger West Virginia requires investments in critical infrastructure like broadband that will make us more competitive now and in the future,” she said in part of a release.

Cole, in turn, released a statement on Capito’s endorsement.

“There is no bigger endorsement in this race than that of our Senator, Shelley Moore Capito. She led the Republican Party to a historic victory in 2014 after serving for many years as West Virginia’s voice in Washington in the House of Representatives. She hit the ground running in the U.S. Senate because her priorities are West Virginia’s priorities,” he said.

Cole is running unopposed in the May 10 primary. He has previously received endorsements from state AG Patrick Morrisey and all three members of West Virginia’s House of Representatives.

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