11 May 2010

W.Va. Primary: Legislative Races Update (Updated)

The Associated Press reports that:

  • Sen. Frank Deem, R-Wood whose legislative career stretches back to the 1950s, fell to current (corrected from former) Vienna Mayor David Nohe.
  • Sen. Randy White, D-Webster, lost a rematch with former Nicholas County prosecutor Greg Tucker.
  • Ron Justice had dropped out of the race for an open Senate seat with health problems last month. But with his name still on the ballot, the former Morgantown mayor attracted slightly more votes than Delegate Bob Beach, D-Monongalia. Update: State election officials point out that Justice can't actually win because's no longer a candidate, leaving Beach as the nominee. (Post edited to correct/clarify)
  • Sen. Erik Wells, D-Kanawha, held off two challengers and a six-figure attack ad campaign by labor groups.
  • Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, (updated) fended off Mingo County Commissioner Greg "Hootie" Smith in a rematch.
  • (2nd Update) Delegate Tom Louisos, D-Fayette, was displaced in that district's primary by John Pino. Louisos had done the same to Pino in 2008.

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