Natalie Tennant officially launches Senate campaign in West Virginia

Democrats have their recruit in the West Virginia Senate race, as Secretary of State Natalie Tennant officially launched her campaign Tuesday.

Tennant also launched a bare-bones Web site that allows supports to contribute to her campaign.

Post Politics reported Friday that Tennant was set to enter the race, for which she remained the Democrats' last big-name recruit.

Tennant finished third in the 2011 Democratic gubernatorial primary -- a crowded field that included then-acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Assuming she wins the general election, Tennant will likely face Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) in what should be one of the marquee Senate races of 2014.

Update 12:54 p.m.: Retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has endorsed Tennant, cementing her status as the presumptive Democratic nominee.

"I firmly believe that the next leader in the United States Senate is Natalie Tennant," Rockefeller said. "She is a West Virginian through and through. She has an unwavering commitment to public service and, most importantly, a ceaseless passion for the people of West Virginia and our challenges."

Update 1:29 p.m.: Multiple University of Pittsburgh graduates tell Post Politics that the campus footage at 2:20 of the video appears to be of their school, which happens to be West Virginia University's big rival.


Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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