The consultant said that Raese is probably more conservative on social issues than Capito and that a lot of Republicans in the state have differences with her, on abortion in particular. However, the consultant said her institutional support and statewide name identification would likely be more than enough to carry her through a primary against Raese.
Raese said Congress needs more people from the private sector and fewer career politicians.
"Republican Senators, Democratic Senators, all of them have to answer the question: Are you going to quit spending? Are you going to cut some regulation? Are you going to make this country great again?" he said.
Asked whether he identified with the tea party movement, Raese said, "I'm in the mold of 'Don't tread on me', and I think they are in that mold, too."
American flags decorate the hood of an antique Ford car in the 4th of July Parade in Ripley, W. Va., on July 4, 2014. The parade is billed as "the USA's largest small town Independence Day Celebration."