Mitt Romney to Stump for GOP Hopefuls in W.Va.

By: Anna Baxter, The Associated Press Email
By: Anna Baxter, The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will campaign in West Virginia for U.S. Senate and House hopefuls.

On Aug. 19, the former Massachusetts governor will attend a Charleston fundraiser and Beckley rally for Shelley Moore Capito, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins.

Capito's campaign announced the events Monday in a news release.

“West Virginians have a clear choice in this election – allow President Obama to continue killing coal jobs or fight back by electing pro-coal advocates Shelley Moore Capito, Evan Jenkins and Alex Mooney. These candidates support the policies that will put West Virginia on a path toward economic prosperity, job-growth and freedom from Obama’s overreaching policies that threaten West Virginia’s way of life,” said Governor Mitt Romney.

Congresswoman Capito faces Democratic West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in a high-profile Senate race.

Jenkins is challenging longtime Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall in the 3rd District. Mooney and Democrat Nick Casey are seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat Capito will vacate.

Romney's former vice presidential nominee, Congressman Paul Ryan, campaigned for Capito in Charleston last month.

Romney won all 55 counties in West Virginia in 2012 against President Barack Obama.

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