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State Senator switches parties, to challenge Rahall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Democrat Cabell County Sen. Evan Jenkins is now a Republican candidate for Congress.

Jenkins switched his party registration on Wednesday and announced that he will seek Democrat Rep. Nick Rahall's 3rd District seat in 2014.

Jenkins says in a news release that he wants to fight what he calls Washington's assault on West Virginia, its residents' freedom and jobs.

Republicans welcomed Jenkins' announcement. But it drew the ire of state Democratic officials.

West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas says Jenkins showed courage by changing parties. 

West Virginia Democratic Party chairman Larry Puccio says Jenkins is only loyal to what he called "Washington Republican money."

Tuesday night, West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler removed Jenkins from his leadership positions in the Senate.

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