Romney stumps for GOP hopefuls in West Virginia

BECKLEY (AP) — Mitt Romney stirred up support for three Republican hopefuls by bashing President Obama in Beckley.

The top of the ticket won’t benefit most from the former GOP presidential nominee’s Tuesday visit at Tamarack.

Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is favored to flip retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat. She faces Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

Former Maryland GOP lawmaker Alex Mooney has a tougher task keeping Capito’s seat red. He faces former state Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey.

Democrat-turned-Republican state Sen. Evan Jenkins is challenging Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall.

In 2012, Rahall split the ticket in the 3rd Congressional District, which favored Romney by 32 percentage points, the most of the state’s three congressional districts. Romney won every West Virginia county.

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