Update: Morrisey announces run for US Senate seat

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is hoping to fulfill a different role in government come next year.

He's running for the seat held by Democrat Joe Manchin. In his work as attorney general, Morrisey has been involved in challenges to federal regulations under the Obama administration.

He says he would continue that work if he were elected as a senator.

""I decided to run for the U.S. Senate to really build on a lot of the great work that we're doing out of the AG's office in the area of federal overreach. We've had a lot of success taking on the Obama administration. I think from a platform in the Senate, we could really be effective in reducing the regulatory burdens on our small businesses and our state," said Morrisey.

UPDATE: 7/10/17, 2:37 P.M.

West Virginia's Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he's running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Joe Manchin.

In a video released before his formal announcement scheduled later Monday, Morrisey says he upholds "conservative values."

West Virginia's Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins, re-elected to a second two-year term last year, is also running against Manchin next year, saying he'll bring "conservative leadership."

Morrisey, re-elected to a second four-year term last year as attorney general, is also chairman of the national organization of Republican attorneys general.

The group's political action committee bought almost $6.8 million in ads promoting Morrisey for a second term and attacking his opponent, outspending either one.

The Republican Attorneys General Association and Morrisey have been involved in challenges to federal regulations under the Obama administration.


ORIGINAL STORY: 7/10/17, 11:26 A.M.

West Virginia's Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has scheduled a political event Monday where he's expected to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Joe Manchin.

Morrisey, re-elected to a second term last year, is also chairman of the national organization of Republican attorneys general.

The group's Mountaineers Are Always Free PAC bought almost $6.8 million in ads promoting Morrisey for a second term and attacking his opponent, outspending either one.

The Republican Attorney Generals Association and Morrisey have been involved in challenges to federal regulations under the Obama administration.

West Virginia's Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins, re-elected to a second term last year, is also running against Manchin, the former governor elected to the Senate in 2010.



 
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