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W.Va. State Auditor McCuskey Exits Governor’s Race, Enters 2024 Attorney General Campaign  

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AG candidate JB McCuskey with wife Wendy and daughters Charlotte and Martha.
McCuskey for West Virginia campaign

State Auditor J.B. McCuskey announced Monday he has officially dropped out of the governor’s race and is now running for attorney general. 

In changing campaigns, the former delegate and two term state auditor said he realized he was behind in the polls and fundraising in a primary race for governor that included a U.S. Senator’s son, Del. Moore Capito, R-Kanawha, businessman Chris Miller, current Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and current Secretary of State Mac Warner. McCuskey said seeking the AG’s office was a better goal.  

“I looked at the offices,” McCuskey said. “I believe that the combination of my experience as the executive of one of the largest constitutional offices in the state of West Virginia, with my extensive legal background, makes me an ideal candidate to be the next attorney general.”

McCuskey says his nearly $700,000 campaign war chest stands strong in running against the other republican AG candidates, State Sens. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and Mike Stewart, R-Kanawha. He came in fourth in fundraising for the governor’s race, showing $412,083 cash-on-hand. 

That’s a good deal more than his two AG primary opponents. 

Stating he’s a strong and principled conservative, McCuskey said the AG’s office acts as the state’s lawyer for all of the agencies, all of the boards and commissions, and all the constitutional officers.

“As the person that managed all the finances for every single one of those agencies,” he said. “Often dealing in the legal realm as to what is legal and what is possible, I think that being the state’s lawyer with all those relationships is going to be a huge help.”

McCuskey said he wants “to continue what Patrick Morrisey has accomplished over his time as attorney general that has been wildly successful.”  He said his campaign will focus on being a consumer protection advocate, civil rights protector, criminal justice reformer and empowering the state’s public defender service.

“We have worked long and hard in our office to make sure that they’re getting paid very quickly,” McCuskey said. “We need to make sure that we’re paying them appropriately so that we can have a great public defender’s office to ensure all of those duties are running smoothly.”

J.B. McCuskey lives in Charleston, with his wife Wendy, and daughters Martha and Charlotte.