Activist Paula Jean Swearengin and incumbent Shelley Moore Capito have won Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primary elections for U.S. Senator from West Virginia.

Capito earned a landslide victory in the Republican primary, earning 84% of the vote compared to 9% for Allen Whitt and 7% for Larry Butcher with 95% of precincts reporting, according to WV MetroNews.

Capito was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 and is currently seeking her second term.

With 38% of the vote, Swearengin narrowly defeated former West Virginia Sen. Richard Ojeda (33%) and attorney Richie Robb (29%) in the Democratic primary, according to WV MetroNews. The numbers came with 98% of precincts reporting.

Swearengin was announced the winner of the primary at 11:29 p.m. by the Associated Press.

Previously, Swearengin ran to unseat Joe Manchin in the 2018 U.S. Senate election, ultimately losing in the primary.

The general election will be held on Nov. 3.


Jared Serre is the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Athenaeum. Prior to the role, he served as the sports editor and as a news and sports writer.