Bloomberg by the Numbers: 56

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Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, questions witnesses during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in this file photo.

That’s how many years it’s been since West Virginia elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate. It’s the longest such drought for Republicans in the nation.

The last West Virginia Republican to win a Senate race was Chapman Revercomb, whose victory in a November 1956 special election paved the way for him to begin a second tenure in the chamber. Revercomb sought a full six-year term in November 1958, losing to Democrat Robert C. Byrd, who served until his death in June 2010.

Republican Representative Shelley Moore Capito announced yesterday that she will run for the Senate in 2014, when Democratic incumbent Jay Rockefeller may seek a sixth term.


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