Election 2016 - WVPB

Jim Justice
Chris Tilley / AP Photo

Ending the night with around 50 percent of the vote, Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice was the clear winner for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor after Tuesday’s primaries.

The billionaire thanked his family and his fellow candidates, former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, but quickly shifted his focus to the general election and his new opponent, Republican Senate President Bill Cole during his victory speech.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:39 a.m.

Former state delegate Mark Hunt has edged out lawyer and veteran  Cory Simpson, 29-26 percent, to take on Rep. Alex Mooney in the fall.

Meanwhile, a man who received national attention for being beaten at a picnic right before the election has won his race. Richard Ojeda defeated incumbent Art Kirkendoll for the Logan County state senate seat.

CBS / The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made a surprise visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night. The late-night show also featured clips and a sketch on Donald Trump's visit to Charleston last week. 

Appearing the night before the West Virginia primary, Sanders teaches Colbert a lesson in not giving up as the comedian is distraught after not being able to get a 100 Grand candy bar from a vending machine. 

West Virginia Supreme Court chamber
West Virginia Judiciary

May 10 is Primary Day in West Virginia and the only time this election season voters can pick their choice for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

West Virginia’s primary is the only time state voters can choose judicial officers at all levels, from magistrate all the way to Supreme Court. This year is also the first time judicial officers will be elected on a nonpartisan basis.

Keith Judd
Associated Press

As Donald Trump, Hillary and Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned in West Virginia this month before thousands of voters, ex-convict Keith Judd slipped into the state unnoticed.

Judd is a Democratic presidential candidate who received 41 percent of the vote in the state's 2012 primary against President Barack Obama. This time, he wanted to see West Virginia for himself.

Daniel Shreve / The Media Center

West Virginia rarely makes its way onto a national spotlight in election season, but this year’s primary has been a bit of a different story. With campaign stops from three remaining presidential candidates all last week, the state felt a bit of the spotlight.


The Secretary of State's Office is reporting record high numbers of voters casting ballots during the state's early voting period.  

The Secretary of State's Office announced Monday more than 100,000 West Virginians in all 55 counties cast early votes. The early voting period was from April 27 to May 7.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

After holding three events in West Virginia Thursday, Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said he is focused on winning West Virginia because the hardworking people deserve a government that represent all people, not just the interested of billionaires. 

"It's a state of tough people, people who are fighting back against difficult odds today," Sanders said Friday afternoon. 


More West Virginians have voted early this election year than in any of the past four election cycles.

The Secretary of State’s Office reports more than 63,000 West Virginians cast early ballots in just the first seven days of early voting this year. That number is up by some 40,000 votes from 2014 and about 30,000 from the previous presidential election cycle in 2012.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop Thursday, May 5, at the Morgantown Event Center.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held three campaign events in West Virginia on Thursday, May 5. At his final stop in Morgantown, Sanders’ focus on student loan debt was well-received by the many college students in the crowd.

Bill Wooton, Wooton
Wooton Campaign

Bill Wooton is a former legislator who held office for 26 years, but has been a practicing attorney for almost 45. Now he wants to add the title of Supreme Court Justice to his name.

Wooton’s resume is a long one. Raised in Beckley, he graduated from Marshall University in 1966 and got his law degree from West Virginia University in 1971.

Wooton became a clerk for a judge on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the fourth circuit, then an assistant attorney general, followed by nearly 3 years as a prosecutor.

Wooton resigned from his job as prosecutor to run for the West Virginia State Legislature.

Steve Helber / AP Photo

Apparent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drew a crowd of more than 10,000 to the Charleston Civic Center Thursday for a campaign rally largely focused on revitalizing the coal industry.

Glynis Board

Bernie Sanders made stops throughout West Virginia Thursday. He started the day with a round table discussion in McDowell County, at a food bank.

Sanders chose Five Loaves And Two Fishes Food Bank for his campaign stop - a food pantry in the poorest county of West Virginia, one of the poorest counties in the country. The senator began his visit by saying that he wasn’t here to rally, but to talk about poverty.

Beth Walker
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Beth Walker is running for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.


The name may be familiar to you, maybe because of her unsuccessful bid for the high court in 2008, or maybe because of her legal challenge to opponents Brent Benjamin and Bill Wooten’s use of public campaign financing in the race, but now, Walker is traveling the state to make sure voters recognize her for her conservative values.

Watch: Donald Trump Speaks Live in Charleston

May 5, 2016
Donald Trump
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air the Donald Trump event in Charleston on Thursday May 5, at 7 p.m.

You can watch this live coverage in several different ways. 

- Our TV broadcast will be available on The West Virginia Channel.

- A live video stream is provided via our Youtube Channel and this web post.

- You can also watch on your Apple or Android device using the new WVPB App, available for free online.

AP Fact Check: Trump Unlikely to Bring Coal Jobs Back

May 5, 2016
Gage Skidmore / AP Photo

Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer.


Trump, however, has yet to explain exactly how he will revitalize Appalachia's coal industry. To pull it off, he will have to overcome market forces and a push for cleaner fuels that have pummeled coal.


Bernie Sanders
David Becker / AP Photo

In an interview with NPR, Sen. Bernie Sanders explained why he thought the GOP was gaining popularity in low-income areas such as McDowell County, where he is visiting today.

David Delk

West Virginia’s Secretary of State has made it very clear, West Virginia voters cannot take photos while in the voting booth. In fact, Secretary Natalie Tennant says you can’t take your phone into the voting booth at all. But some people don’t think state code is clear on the matter. 

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Brent Benjamin was first elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2004 during a race that became known for the influence of outside spending.

At the time, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship funneled big bucks into the race attacking Benjamin's opponent, incumbent Justice Warren McGraw, and now Benjamin, the conservative lawyer turned centrist judge, is attempting to move past his former political ties in 2016's nonpartisan race.

Gage Skidmore / AP Photo

Coming off of big wins in Indiana's primary Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders announced scheduled stops in West Virginia.

Both candidates will visit the state Thursday.

Donald Trump
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

A recent poll shows Donald Trump has a commanding lead in the republican primary and Bernie Sanders is edging out Hillary Clinton in the democratic race in West Virginia. Democrat Jim Justice is showing a lead in the primary and general election race for West Virginia governor.

According to a Tuesday news release from Public Policy Polling, billionaire Trump leads the state with 61 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz has 22 percent and Ohio Governor John Kasich is trailing with 14 percent.

John Minchillo / AP Photo

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will make at least three more stops in West Virginia before the state's May 10 primary elections, according to his campaign's national press secretary.

Simone Sanders announced during a conference call with reporters Tuesday the Vermont Senator would hold events in Charleston, Morgantown and McDowell County this week, but didn't release any further details.

Bill Cole
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Republican candidate for West Virginia governor Bill Cole is supporting Donald Trump for president.

The current state Senate president made his announcement in a news release Tuesday.

Cole said Trump understands business and economics, knows how to create jobs and has spoken out for revitalizing the coal industry.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made her second West Virginia stop Tuesday morning on the campus of the University of Charleston. Clinton hosted a roundtable discussion focused on the state’s substance abuse epidemic. But she said it’s not just West Virginia that’s suffering.

“We have to treat this as an epidemic,” Clinton said. “This is a public health challenge.”

Wayne King, King, Supreme Court, Candidate
Sandra King

Wayne King is an attorney from Clay County and one of five candidates running for a seat on the state’s Supreme Court of Appeals. King is known for being outspoken on many issues, but perhaps most for his opposition to public campaign financing.

Wayne King grew up in Belle, West Virginia, but has lived in Clay for the last 45 years. At age 71, he’s still working as a full-time attorney since graduating from West Virginia University College of Law in 1971. Now, he’s running for the West Virginia Supreme Court. King says he’s been contemplating a run for the last twelve years.

Paul Sancya / AP Photo

While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton preached a message of friendship and promised progress for southern West Virginia inside a campaign event in downtown Williamson Monday, dozens of protestors filled the streets outside chanting messages that made it clear Clinton was not welcome in their community.

“Hillary is a crook!” one man chanted just feet from the event’s entrance. Others yelled loudly, “Remember Benghazi!”

McGraw Campaign

Of all five of the candidates running for Supreme Court, only two have judicial experience. Current Justice Brent Benjamin is hoping to be re-elected to his seat, and Darrell McGraw, a member of the high court from 1976 to 1988, is trying to take it from him.

Thorney Lieberman / West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

In a crowded West Virginia Supreme Court contest, third-party groups are outspending the five candidates.

Campaign finance reports show that outside groups have spent $1.8 million, while candidates have spent $1.6 million combined through late April.

Bill Clinton
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Former President Bill Clinton made stops in West Virginia Sunday to campaign for his wife, Hillary, for president. Reactions to Clinton were noticeably different, as his stop in Logan was met with some opposition, while the crowd in Charleston was enthusiastic without criticisms or interjections from the audience.

Matt Rourke / AP Photo

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton will make stops in West Virginia next week.

Clinton will kick off her 'Breaking Down Barriers' tour in Appalachia Monday with stops in Williamson and Ashland, Kentucky, will the former President will focus on Charleston and Logan Sunday.