Capito, 59, runs well. The moderate Republican won in November with a 70 percent vote of confidence.
Were she to win the GOP's Senate nomination, Republicans would have a strong figure at the top of the 2014 ticket. That would help other GOP candidates.
Voters in all 55 counties rejected President Obama, who headed the Democratic ticket in November. Had it not been for the popular Sen. Joe Manchin in the No. 2 spot, Democrats further down the ticket might have suffered more than they did.
As it was, Republicans gained 11 seats in the House of Delegates - leaving up-and-coming Democrats wondering whether they would be around after 2014.
So it is now up to Rockefeller, one of the most liberal members of the Senate, to clarify the matter. Will he run? If not, what kind of Democrat will?
The future of hundreds of millions of Americans is shaped, one such decision at a time, state by state, district by district, right down to the local level.
This will be interesting. That's as it should be.