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Sleeper No More: Both Parties Spending on Capito Seat (Updated)

Mooney is the Republican running in West Virginia's 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:37 p.m. | National Democrats and Republicans will make major television buys in an off-the-radar House race in West Virginia, according to party sources tracking ad buys.  

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee intends to purchase $600,000 in airtime in West Virginia's 2nd District, an open-seat race to succeed Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. The National Republican Congressional Committee will also make a $250,000 buy in Charleston through Election Day. The Democratic nominee is former state party chairman Nick Casey, who has longtime ties to the state and popular Sen. Joe Manchin, also a Democrat. While there is little doubt this is conservative territory, the GOP candidate is a newcomer to the state , former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney.  

The Casey campaign has labeled Mooney as a carpetbagger in its advertisements.

 The buy includes broadcast in the Charleston-Huntington market and will last through Election Day.

The race is currently rated Leans Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report.  

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