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Reid Putting Political Muscle Behind Tennant Bid

Harry Reid

  Majority Leader Harry Reid is giving Democratic Senate hopeful Natalie Tennant a fundraising lift.

An invitation obtained by The Associated Press says Reid headlined a Tennant fundraiser Friday in New York City. Tennant campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue confirmed the event.

Reid’s office didn’t respond to a call and email for comment.

Reid, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and musician Carole King are on Tennant’s invitation for a Washington, D.C., fundraiser Tuesday, but Donohue says Reid won’t attend.

Tennant, West Virginia’s secretary of state, has declined to say if she’d support Reid as leader.

It’s the most outward support Reid has lent Tennant, who’s considered an underdog against GOP Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito.

Last month, Capito joined Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for a Wheeling fundraiser. Her campaign says she’d support McConnell as leader.