State Sen. Evan Jenkins' likely party switch and 3rd District congressional campaign sets up a fascinating scenario in the 2014 general election.
The opponent, if Jenkins gets through the primary election (it's possible the 2012 Republican nominee Rick Snuffer will run again), will be long-time incumbent Nick Rahall.
The veteran congressman has won every election since 1976, but Republicans have been gaining on him.
Jenkins will first have to get over the hump that comes with a party switch.
He will have to explain, over and over, that the president and current Democratic leadership in Washington are seriously damaging the coal industry and the best way to fight back is send a pro-coal, pro-business Republican to Capitol Hill.
Given the anti-Washington sentiment - the congressional disapproval rating is at an all-time high of 83 percent - Rahall should stay as far away from D.C. as possible.
Instead, he can bank on the relationships he has built in the district over the last four decades; stump in every town, remind voters about the time his office fixed a problem with someone's Social Security check or veteran's benefit. He can tell stories about cutting ribbons for water plants and highways.
In short, he needs to remind voters why they have sent him to Congress 19 times.
No doubt he has a long list of people he has helped over the years. In 2014, Rahall will have to ask them to return the favor.
The geography and voting patterns of the district give both Rahall and Jenkins certain advantages.
Rahall has, and will continue, to dominate the southern West Virginia coal counties. Boone, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming are Democratic strongholds.
Their numbers are dwindling, but Democratic voters will again give Rahall decisive victories there.