It's a mystery why West Virginians, with two-to-one Democratic registration, repeatedly elect Republican Shelley Moore Capito to Congress.
She's a rubber-stamp GOP loyalist who regularly supports her party's agenda of favors for billionaires and cutbacks in help for average American families.
In contrast, the state's other Republican in Congress, Rep. David McKinley, sometimes breaks with GOP attempts to slash Social Security and Medicare -- but not Capito.
On Nov. 6, Capito faces an intelligent, knowledgeable, Democratic challenger, Charleston real estate broker Howard Swint. He's highly informed about national issues and writes newspaper essays on U.S. policies. Swint has raised questions about Capito's personal stock dealings that capitalized on inside knowledge available to Congress members.Facing Capito's entrenched incumbency, Swint is a long-shot. But we endorse him for the Second District seat in Congress.