Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A national trend that finds congressional democrats increasingly on the defensive in an election year may be at play in West Virginia.
First district U.S. Rep Alan Mollohan faces a well-known primary challenger for the first time in years.
State sen. Mike Oliverio says he's better positioned to keep the seat democratic than the 14-term incumbent.
Six republicans have also entered the race seeking to topple Mollohan. In 2008, he had no primary or general election opponent.
In the 3rd district, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall has four potential gop opponents including former state supreme court chief justice Elliott "Spike" Maynard.
Meanwhile, the delegation's sole republican, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, faces a political novice after four high-profile attempts by democrats to unseat her.
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