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A Guide to Tuesday’s Primary Election in West Virginia

FILE - Philip Kincannon walks out of the Raleigh County Courthouse on Mans Street, after voting on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Beckley, W.Va.  Early voting for the May 10, 2022, primary election in West Virginia begins Wednesday, April 27.  (Rick Barbero/The Register-Herald via AP, file)

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FILE – Philip Kincannon walks out of the Raleigh County Courthouse on Mans Street, after voting on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Beckley, W.Va. Early voting for the May 10, 2022, primary election in West Virginia begins Wednesday, April 27. (Rick Barbero/The Register-Herald via Associated Press, file)

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FILE – Philip Kincannon walks out of the Raleigh County Courthouse on Mans Street, after voting on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Beckley, W.Va. Early voting for the May 10, 2022, primary election in West Virginia begins Wednesday, April 27. (Rick Barbero/The Register-Herald via Associated Press, file)

CHARLESton, WA ( Associated Press) – Candidates in West Virginia’s primary elections are expected to receive their party’s nominations for the U.S. House or state legislature on Tuesday. The total ballot paper may have been smaller in midterm elections, but the voting landscape changed after the state completed its once-in-a-decade redistribution. The number of seats contested by Democrats is declining in a state that has become increasingly Republican.

US House

According to the US Census Bureau, West Virginia lost one in three US House seats, based on the results of the 2020 US Census, which showed a 3.2% decline in the state’s population over the past decade – the highest rate of any state in the country. biggest drop of ,

There’s a race between the incumbents in the new second district In East 1 and 2 districts. Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney are joined by Susan Butcher-Lochoki of Morgantown, Rhonda Hercules of Wheeling and Mike Sackman of West Union in the GOP primary in the new 2nd district. McKinley is seeking a seventh term and Mooney is seeking a fifth term.

In the second District Democratic primary, Falling Waters security operations manager Angela Dwyer faces former Morgantown City Council member Barry Lee Wendell.

In the first district, current US Representative Carol Miller, seeking her third term, will face Republican challengers Scott Fuller of Kenova, James Edwin Houser of Mount Nebo, Jane Lawhorn of Princeton and Kent Stevens of Milton. Bluefield’s second-time candidate, Lacey Watson, is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Watson lost in the former third district in the 2020 Democratic primary.

House of Representatives

The entire 100-member state House of Representatives is ready for elections. Republicans have a 78-22 majority. More than half of the incumbents in Tuesday’s primary have no opposition, while 15 incumbents, including 10 Republicans, did not seek re-election.

For the first time since the passage of the 2018 reorganization bill, the chamber is divided into 100 single-member voting districts. Prior to this, the House had 67 districts, of which more than half the chambers were elected from multi-member districts. Due to redistribution, some of the sitting MLAs will face each other in their new districts.

No Democrats are running in 27 of the 100 House districts. Only 16 of the Democratic primaries have been contested.

state senate

Half of the 34-member Senate is up for election. Republicans hold a 23–11 majority in the chamber, where eight incumbents have no primary opposition and four others are not seeking re-election.

Democratic candidates are absent in six of the 17 Senate primaries. Only two Senate primaries have contested the Democratic race.

voter turnout

With no race for president, governor or US Senate this year, the lines for elections are expected to be light. In non-presidential election years, statewide primary elections accounted for 26% in 2018, 20% in 2014 and 24% in 2010.

Cancelled candidature

West Virginia’s Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s disqualification on Friday A residency requirement on that of a State Senate candidate.

A Kanawha County judge ruled in a voter challenge last week that 8th District candidate Andrea Garrett Kisling could not seek office because she had not been a resident of the state for the five years prior to the election required by the Constitution. On Friday, judges rejected a motion to temporarily stay the Circuit Court’s order and rejected a motion as “moot” for expeditious consideration.

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