Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) will announce Monday that she will run for incumbent Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller's Senate seat in 2014, West Virginia MetroNews first reported Sunday.
Capito has long considered a run for the Senate, and passed on the most recent opportunity following the death of long-time Senator Robert Byrd. She's expected to say, among other things, that the timing is now right for her run.
The announcement sets up a potential race between two West Virginia political heavyweights. ...
Rockefeller has indicated that he plans to run for re-election in 2014, but there continues to be speculation that he may retire at the end of this term.