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Romney to stump for GOP hopefuls in West Virginia

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will campaign for West Virginia's U.S. Senate and House hopefuls next week.

The former Massachusetts governor will attend an Aug. 19 Charleston fundraiser and Beckley rally for Shelley Moore Capito, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins. The three races are key as Republicans look to tip traditionally Democratic West Virginia further right.

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

Capito, a seventh-term congresswoman, faces Democratic West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in a high-profile Senate race. Capito is favored as Republicans try to overturn a thin Democratic Senate majority.

Jenkins is challenging 19-term U.S. Rep. Congressman Nick Rahall in the 3rd Congressional District. Mooney and Democrat Nick Casey are seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat Capito will vacate.

In the Capito news release, Romney called the three Republicans "pro-coal advocates" who oppose President Barack Obama. In 2012, Romney beat Obama in all of West Virginia's 55 counties.

"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," Romney said.

Tennant, Rahall and Casey have distanced themselves from the president. They say his proposal to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants will hurt West Virginia's iconic fossil fuel industry.

As Massachusetts governor, Romney also supported limiting airborne power plant pollution. In 2005, Romney initially backed a regional cap-and-trade pact for power plant emissions, but later refused to sign the pact.

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