Former U.S. Senate candidate parts ways with Democrats

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate last year announced this week she’s leaving the party.

Paula Jean Swearengin (Paula Jean for West Virginia)

Paula Swearengin, who lost in last year’s election to incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, announced this week she was dropping her affiliation with the party in a tweet.

“I am leaving @wvdemocrats! I can’t support racism or them ignoring Appalachian children dying & suffering. The @DNC has ignored it too. I won’t! I’ll be announcing my next steps soon. Our systems are broken. We can’t rebuild a two-party system with division & hate.” read her post on Twitter.

Sweaengin lost a primary race for U.S. Senate in 2018 to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.


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