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01/06/2014 06:36 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Natalie Tennant Will Campaign In All Of West Virginia's 55 Counties

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) announced her plans Monday to visit every single one of the state's 55 counties in her run for U.S. Senate.

"I'm running to put West Virginia first," Tennant said in a statement. "That's why I'm taking my campaign directly to the people of West Virginia to make their voices heard."

Tennant announced her campaign for Senate in September of 2013. She ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2011, and previously worked as a television anchor and businesswoman. She is also known for becoming West Virginia University's first female Mountaineer mascot.

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) is the presumed GOP nominee for the seat that is opening because of Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s (D-W.Va.) retirement.

President Barack Obama lost all 55 of West Virginia's counties in 2012. Though a poll conducted by the liberal-learning Public Policy Polling firm found Capito leading Tennant by 14 percentage points, that could change as Tennant gains name recognition.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) took on a similar challenge in 2011, when he visited all of Iowa's 99 counties in his run for president.

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