West Virginia is a Democrat state. But it’s not a left wing liberal Democrat state like New York or California. Finally, after 30 years, and 5 terms, Jay Rockefeller will not seek re-election in 2014. The problem in West Virginia Senate races has been the lack of a good conservative Republican candidate. Every year it seems flawed candidate John Raese runs for Senate and gets clobbered. Hopefully in 2014, Republicans will field a strong, conservative candidate that actually has a chance at winning the open Senate seat.
With heartfelt gratitude to WV, today I announced my intention not to run again for the Senate in 2014. rockefeller.senate.gov/public/index.c… (1/4)
— Jay Rockefeller (@SenRockefeller) January 11, 2013