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WVCA backs Republicans for Congress

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The West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) has released its full list of endorsements for the upcoming Midterm Elections in the US, throwing its weight behind Republicans for all of the state’s Congressional seats.

Current representative for West Virginia’s second Congressional District and daughter of former a former state governor, Shelley Moore Capito, receives the WVCA’s backing for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jay Rockefeller’s retirement. She is currently enjoying a 17 point lead over Democratic rival, Natalie Tennant, according to the latest figures from RealClearPolitics, and the seat seems to be hers to lose in a state that has been one of the hardest hit by the decline in the US coal industry.

For the House of Representatives, the WVCA is backing incumbent first district representative, David McKinley, Alex Mooney to replace Capito Moore in the second district and Evan Jenkins in the third – all Republicans.

The swing in support to the Republicans comes against a background of Democratic dominance in the state that began in the 1920s with the coming of the United Mine Workers union. Now, it is the woes of the state’s coal mining industry that are leading the way back to the GOP, as many blame the Obama Administration’s environmental regulations for exacerbating the decline of one of West Virginia’s key industries.

The full WVCA endorsement list can be found here.

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