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United States Senate race will be a historic one for West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, WV -

The November election will be an historic one in West Virginia as two women fight for a United States Senate seat. Either Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) W. Va. or Representative Shelley Moore Capito, (R) W.Va. will be the first woman elected to represent West Virginia in that position.

They may disagree on the issues but Tennant and Capito know what it is like to be a woman climbing through the ranks of West Virginia politics.

"I think the hardest thing for me was the adjustment within my own family, missing volleyball games and football games," Capito said.

Natalie Tennant explained the difficulties of balancing family and career. "You know is it tough running for office having a job taking care of your family. It is tough but no tougher than what West Virginia families go through every day," she said.

Political Science instructor at the University of Charleston, Kara Fisher, said she thinks the state is ready for a woman to represent them in the United States Senate.

"West Virginia is not the West Virginia of the past," Fisher said. "I think that we are innovative and moving forward."

Right now women make up less than 20 percent of Congress.

"The numbers don't lie," Fisher said. "Women have been in the minority but I think we are seeing sort of a new dawn of females in the legislative process."

Capito said she hopes the historic race will inspire a generation of kids to reach for the stars, or specifically Capitol Hill.

"I think if young girls in classrooms across West Virginia see a woman who has been able to achieve and I am just a regular person at the same time, I think that maybe would inspire some people," Capito said.

Tennant said she hopes her position in the race will show a generation of women they can reach their dreams.

"There was a quote that my mother had given me from a famous poet that said 'never grow a wishbone daughter where your backbone ought to be' and so that is the message that I am sending not just to my daughter but it is the West Virginia values that we all know," Tennant said.

Tuesday marks an important day when it comes to women in politics.

In 1971 Congress passed a Joint Resolution of Congress naming August 26 Women's Equality Day.