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Jeff Kessler Endorses Jim Justice in Governor Race


Democratic nominee for West Virginia governor Jim Justice has the endorsement of one of two opponents he defeated in his party’s primary.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Jeff Kessler endorsed Justice on Friday, while Booth Goodwin remains undecided.

Kessler, the state Senate minority leader, says Justice would be a necessary check on a Republican-led Legislature, should the GOP keep control. Republican Senate President Bill Cole faces Justice in November as his party’s gubernatorial nominee.

Kessler says he wishes Justice was more progressive.

Goodwin, the former U.S. attorney, said he’s still working through whom to support in the race. He said he wants to hear more specifics from the candidates.

Charlotte Pritt of the Mountain Party and Libertarian candidate David Moran are also on the ballot for governor.