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."
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.