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Democrat Swearengin Announces Renewed Bid for U.S. Senate in 2020

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Activist-turned-political candidate Paula Jean Swearengin has announced she’ll again run for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Swearengin made the announcement Tuesday on her campaign’s Facebook page.

As of Thursday, Federal Election Commission filings show Swearengin is the only Democrat that has jumped in the U.S. Senate race for 2020. She filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC in June. 

Swearengin first ran for U.S. Senate in 2018 as environmentally conscious and an advocate for the working and lower class. She faced off against incumbent Joe Manchin in the primary election and lost, but pulled around 30 percent of the vote. 

Manchin, a moderate Democrat, went on to beat Republican challenger and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in November.

Should Swearengin make it through the 2020 primary, she’s likely face incumbent Republican Shelley Moore Capito. 

According to FEC filings, Capito has raised nearly $2.5 million for her current campaign. Swearengin, a newcomer to the race, has yet to file a financial report indicating fundraising for 2020. 


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