The candidate: Nick Casey, an attorney and former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman
The member: Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is vacating the seat to run for Senate.
The district: West Virginia’s 2nd stretches from Charleston in the west to the Washington, D.C. exurbs. After a close 2000 race when first elected to Congress, Capito repeatedly racked up solid re-election margins over the last 10 years. Still, the Republican field is crowded and disorganized, and the district could be competitive.
The candidate’s team: Jef Pollock of Global Strategy Group (polling), Karl Struble of Struble Eichenbaum Communications (media), Ed Peavy of Mission Control (direct mail), Jeremy Gold (fundraising) and Derek Scarbro (campaign manager).
There is a very real chance that Sen. Joe Manchin III will be the only Democrat left representing West Virginia after this year’s midterm elections, with Sen. Jay Rockefeller retiring and Rep. Nick J. Rahall II facing a tough race. Despite their vulnerable seats, Democrats do have an offensive opportunity there. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is favored to replace Rockefeller, but the 2nd District seat she is vacating is giving Democrats a glimmer of hope to remain even at three seats in the state’s House and Senate delegation.
Enter former state Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey, an attorney and longtime state political operative who is vying for Capito’s seat. The Republican field is crowded and could turn nasty before the May 13 primary. It’s unlikely — but not impossible — for a Democrat to win this seat.
“I don’t think they’re voting R or D,” Casey said in a recent interview with CQ Roll Call, downplaying the partisan nature of the district. “They voted for Shelley Capito. They will vote for Nick Casey. … There’s plenty of room in there for me, no matter who held the seat before me.”
Republicans will surely tie him to the national Democratic Party, but Casey says he’s no fan of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“It is time for a change,” he said. “When the team does not play well, you don’t fire the team, you look for new coaches. Ms. Pelosi — appreciate her past service. I would not support her.”
When asked which national Democrat he would like to see campaign on his behalf, he did not flinch.
“Hillary Clinton. Because she’d also bring Bill.”
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- New Hampshire’s 2nd District: Republican Marilinda Garcia
- Utah’s 4th District: Republican Bob Fuehr
- Massachusetts’ 6th District: Democrat Seth Moulton
- New York’s 1st District: Republican Lee Zeldin
- Senate in Kansas: Republican Milton Wolf
- West Virginia’s 2nd: Republican Alex Mooney
- Georgia’s 1st District: Republican Bob Johnson
- Georgia’s 10th District: Republican Mike Collins
- Senate in Minnesota: Republican Julianne Ortman
- Georgia’s 10th District: Republican Donna Sheldon
- California’s 25th District: Democrat Lee Rogers
- Michigan’s 7th District: Democrat Pam Byrnes
- Nevada’s 3rd District: Democrat Erin Bilbray
- Illinois’ 13th District: Democrat Ann Callis
- Ohio’s 6th District: Democrat Jennifer Garrison
- Michigan’s 1st District: Democrat Jerry Cannon
- Montana’s At-Large District: Democrat John Lewis
- New York’s 23rd District: Democrat Martha Robertson
- Senate in North Carolina: Republican Thom Tillis
- Senate in Alaska: Republican Mead Treadwell
- Senate in South Carolina: Republican Lee Bright
- Senate in Iowa: Republican David Young
- Senate in Kentucky: Republican Matt Bevin
- Illinois’ 12th District: Republican Mike Bost
- Idaho’s 2nd District: Republican Bryan Smith
- Michigan’s 14th District: Democrat Rudy Hobbs
- California’s 45th District: Republican Mimi Walters
- Senate in Iowa: Republican Matt Whitaker
- Senate in Nebraska: Republican Shane Osborn
- Minnesota’s 6th District: Republican Tom Emmer
- Minnesota’s 6th District: Democrat Jim Graves
- Florida’s 2nd District: Democrat Gwen Graham
- Pennsylvania’s 13th District: Democrat Daylin Leach