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WVU Professor Responds to Senator Rockefeller's Decision Not To Run for Re-election

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Last week, Senator Jay Rockefeller announced that he is not seeking a sixth term.

West Virginia will become the focus of a lot of national attention because of this.

A political science professor at West Virginia University weighed in on the issue and has some thoughts on what will come of this seat being up for grabs.

"The other party looks at it as the opportunity to pick up the seat," said WVU professor Neil Berch. "The republicans obviously have at least one strong candidate in congress woman Capito. And she's already been out raising money. As I said, the fact that a 30 year incumbent is no longer running, the other party is going to put a lot of energy in the seat."

Berch said that with the passing of Senator Byrd and retirement of Senator Rockefeller, West Virginia will lose some seniority in the senate.