Senate debate set in W.Va. in October

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant will square off in a live televised debate for West Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat.

The two hopefuls will meet Oct. 7 in Charleston for the race’s first announced debate. The event is being organized by the West Virginia Press Association, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and AARP.

Capito, a seventh-term congresswoman, announced Thursday she would participate. Tennant, West Virginia’s secretary of state, confirmed in June that she would attend.

Campaigns for Libertarian John Buckley and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber said they hadn’t received invitations yet.

Capito and Tennant are vying for retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat.

Republicans are gunning for more than a half-dozen states like West Virginia, where President Barack Obama lost and remains unpopular.

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