Even though the 2014 West Virginia primary is 15 months away, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has already picked up a formal endorsement for her U.S. Senate bid.
Maggie's List, a federal political action committee dedicated to promoting fiscally conservative female candidates, has endorsed the West Virginia Republican in her bid to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
Maggie's List Chairwoman Sandra Mortham said in a press release that Capito "has all the right ingredients for victory."
"Shelley was the first Republican woman elected to Congress from West Virginia and she has a strong record of opposing excess government spending as a U.S. Congresswoman," Mortham said.
Former West Virginia Secretary of State and Maggie's List board member Betty Ireland surprised Capito with a formal certificate of endorsement at a state GOP event last week.
Ireland said in a phone interview that Maggie's List board members met for a regular meeting in Charlotte, N.C., two weeks ago to recap the 2012 election and discuss 2014 strategies.
Ireland said the Maggie's List board is well-acquainted with Capito and even though it's early in the 2014 election cycle, they were unanimous in wanting to go ahead and throw their support behind her campaign.
"Shelley's very well known among members of the board," Ireland said.