2018 Primary

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear a discussion about Tuesday's election results. Robert Rupp is a professor who teaches political science and history at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He’s studied state politics for 30 years. Jesse Wright spoke to him about the results of the primary election and what they might mean for the general election in November.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at Tuesday's primary election. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, beating out five other candidates, including front-runners former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and Congressman Evan Jenkins. As Dave Mistich reports, the race drew national attention as Republicans take aim at the seat held by Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin.

Teachers hold a rally outside the Senate Chambers in the West Virginia Capitol Monday, March. 5, 2018 in Charleston, W.V. Hundreds of teachers from 55 counties were on strike for pay raises and better health benefits.
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From Morgantown to Matewan, educators and their supporters pledged to "remember in November" the Republican state lawmakers who held out on the raise they demanded this winter during the teacher strike. On Tuesday, they went to the polls to, as some put it, "make them pay in May."

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, more than 68,000 West Virginians cast ballots early this year, according to the secretary of state’s office. That’s about 13,000 more than voted early in the 2014 midterm primary. Kara Lofton spoke with chairs of both the Republican and Democratic parties to talk about whether West Virginia’s recent teacher strike helped motivate the larger turnout.

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Having gone into effect at the beginning of this year, West Virginia's new voter identification law sees its first statewide election during the May 8  primaries. While state legislators responsible for passing the law say it strikes a balance, experts opposed to such measures -- here and elsewhere in the country -- say it is a "solution in search of a problem." Some organizations, though, are teaming with the Secretary of State's office for public outreach programs to help educate voters about the law and what they need to bring with them to the polls.

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West Virginians will be heading to the polls in a midterm primary election with nominations up for grabs in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and the Legislature.

After 10 days of early voting, Election Day polls open Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Independent voters can choose to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary.

Supporters talk with former Massey CEO and West Virginia Republican Senatorial candidate, Don Blankenship, center, prior to a town hall to kick off his campaign in Logan, W.Va., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.
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Polls show former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship hovering in third place in the six-way Republican U.S Senate primary primary race. In his native Mingo County, Blankenship’s donations to the community, and a belief that he will help bring back jobs, have led some to support him.

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Updated: Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

President Donald Trump won West Virginia by 42 percentage points in 2016. He’s holding on to high approval ratings in the state and conservatives paint Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin as vulnerable. Long known as a moderate Democrat, Manchin has been in West Virginia politics for three decades. With the seat up for grabs this year, the national spotlight has been on the GOP primary -- in which hopefuls are trying to align themselves with Trump.

Richard Ojeda joined the Army because he says it seemed like the most reasonable choice he had growing up; his alternative options, he says, were to "dig coal" or "sell dope."

So he chose the Army, where he spent more than two decades. But when he came home to Logan County, W.Va., he was stunned.

"I come home from spending 24 years in the United States Army and I realize I got kids in my backyard that have it worse than the kids I saw in Iraq and Afghanistan," he shouts into the microphone during an interview.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, all six Republican candidates for U.S. Senate squared off Monday night in Wheeling during an hour and a half long debate as aim for a seat in the U.S. Senate. As Dave Mistich reports, the candidates made mention of their affinity for President Donald Trump while heavily criticizing Democrat incumbent Joe Manchin.

Editor's Note: This is an op-ed piece from West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, published verbatim.

West Virginia is just a couple of weeks away from our May 8th Primary Election. This is an exciting time for nearly 1,000 candidates from all parties and from all over the state seeking to serve their friends and neighbors in elected offices.

As the state’s chief elections officer, I want to encourage every registered voter to participate in the upcoming Primary Election. My staff, our 55 county clerks, their employees, and more than 9,000 poll workers are prepared to offer every voter a safe and secure election process.

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Candidates in West Virginia’s May 8 primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party’s nominations for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or the Legislature. Early voting in West Virginia runs from April 25 through May 5.

Here is a summary of those races:

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the upcoming senate race in West Virginia has drawn a big crowd of Republican contenders who are vying for Manchin's seat, the long standing Democratic incumbent senator. A group of college students in a political science course, at West Virginia Wesleyan College, recently made their predictions for which Republicans they think will come out ahead in the primary senate race. Roxy Todd sat down with them to hear their analysis.

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There's a new fact-checking operation in West Virginia, and it buries one fact — that it's run by U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship's campaign.

Former Massey CEO and West Virginia Republican Senatorial candidate, Don Blankenship, speaks during a town hall to kick off his campaign in Logan, W.Va., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.
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A former coal company CEO who went to prison on charges stemming from the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in decades kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign by trying to persuade a largely working class audience that he identifies with them.