Capito prevails

CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County backed Rep. Shelley Moore Capito by a 20 percent margin in her contest for West Virginia’s Second Congressional District against Democrat Howard Swint.

[cleeng_content id="944558893" description="Read it now!" price="0.15" t="article"]Capito received 12,894 votes to Swint’s 8,336.

The results were much starker throughout the Second District, with Capito beating Swint 108,921 votes to 47,899 with most of the district’s counties reporting, a nearly 50 percent difference.

Capito, a six-term Republican incumbent, campaigned on resisting Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the coal industry, opposition to the Affordable Care Act and a regimen of low taxes and light regulation to spur economic growth.

She received endorsements from the U.S. and West Virginia Chambers of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, West Virginians for Life and West Virginians for Coal, among other organizations.

Capito, the daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore, was first elected in 2000, becoming the first woman to serve West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Republican elected to Congress from West Virginia since Cleve Benedict in 1982.

Swint, a self-avowed “policy wonk” who has regularly written op-eds on political issues for The Charleston Gazette, centered his campaign on allegations that Capito – a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which is charged with overseeing banks, financial institutions and bank regulators – used nonpublic information to turn a profit during the financial crisis. Capito vehemently denied Swint’s allegations.

In an unusual move, Swint also vowed early in his campaign not to take any contributions from corporations. He has said his campaign war chest was so small that it never became large enough for him to be required to disclose his campaign finances.

Once a federal candidate raises or spends more than $5,000, a spending report must be filed.

Capito raised more than $2 million, though she spent less than half of that.

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