Associated Press Published

West Virginia 22nd House District Primary Election Deadlocked

House District 22

  After last week’s primary, two Democrats are locked in a tie to advance to a November election for the state House of Delegates.

If recounts don’t change the totals, a delegate appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin could be hand-picked again by the state’s top executive.

Del. Joshua Barker and former Lincoln school board member Gary McCallister are tied in House District 22. Barker led by three, but his lead disappeared during vote canvassing.

A Democratic executive committee for the Lincoln, Boone, Logan and Putnam county district can break the tie. 

Tomblin appointed Barker to a vacant seat last July.

Del. Jeff Eldridge won the other Democratic primary slot in the two-seat district. Two Republicans await in the general election.