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Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who is running for the Senate, is interviewed before an internet safety event sponsored by Google at Robert Bland Middle School in Weston, W.Va., on April 15, 2014.

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Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who is running for the Senate, is interviewed before an internet safety event sponsored by Google at Robert Bland Middle School in Weston, W.Va., on April 15, 2014.

West Virginia is among 24 states that have never had a female U.S. senator.

The state will lose that status after a November election in which the main contenders surely will be two women, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant.

Capito, a U.S. House member since 2001, and Tennant, West Virginia’s Secretary of State, are each expected to dispatch two little-known opponents in party primaries tomorrow.

Capito is favored to win the November election and succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Forty-four women from 26 states have served in the U.S. Senate.

 

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