Former West Virginia State Senator files to run for U.S. Senate

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former West Virginia State Senator and Presidential candidate Richard Ojeda filed Monday to run for the U.S. Senate.

The Democrat tells he is running in hopes of filling Republican incumbent Shelley Moore Capito's seat.

The West Virginia Republican party issued a statement following Ojeda's move.

"Richard Ojeda is every Democrat running for office in West Virginia this year's worst nightmare. His vile and personal attacks on our President will not only make him a nonstarter for voters, it will hurt the chances of Democrats up and down the ballot," said West Virginia Republican Chair Melody Potter. "Senator Shelley Moore Capito has voted for the Trump Agenda more than 95% of the time - giving her the highest mark of any Senator who has served during the entire Trump Presidency."

The candidate filing period lasts through Saturday, Jan. 25.

The West Virginia primary election is Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.