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On Election Day last week, Republican Jill Upson defeated Democrat Tiffany Lawrence for the House of Delegates in the 65th District.

On West Virginia Morning, Mitt Romney visits West Virginia, reporter Catherine Moore is in Boone County looking at how layoffs in the coal industry are changing the political landscape.  And football isn’t just about the Thundering Herd or the Mountaineers.  Clark Davis looks at the upcoming season at the state’s smaller universities.

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  Conrad Lucas of Huntington has been re-elected to a full four-year term as chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party.

The state GOP says in a news release Saturday that its Executive Committee unanimously re-elected Lucas at its annual summer meeting in Huntington.

Lucas served as the state party's general counsel and chairman of the West Virginia Young Republicans before being chosen chairman in 2012. He succeeded Mike Stewart, who resigned to focus on career and family.

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Two West Virginia counties are among two dozen nationwide that Republicans are targeting to sway women's votes.
 
The Republican National Committee's "14 in '14" program calls for volunteer work in the 14 weeks before the November midterm elections. The initiative will use female volunteers to attract other women from 21 to 40 years old to vote Republican and become involved in election season.

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U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is officially in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Capito filed her candidacy papers this morning. The seven-term Republican is seeking to fill the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
 
Another Republican, Larry Eugene Butcher of Washington in Wood County, also filed today to run for the U.S. Senate.

Williamstown Democrat David Walmsley and Parkersburg Republican Matthew Dodrill filed to run for the U.S. Senate last week.

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Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee made a stop in West Virginia to help energize the state Republican Party during a fundraiser Friday night.

An evening that started with state GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas poking fun at an array of federal indictments coming from Mingo County, all against Democratic leaders, transitioned to focus on what Huckabee called the true message of the Republican party—valuing every life based on inherent worth given by God and not status.