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WV Primary: Tennant, Capito cruise to November showdown

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - November ballots took shape in West Virginia Tuesday as voters headed to the polls to choose candidates to represent their party of choice.

Democrat Natalie Tennant and Republican Shelley Moore Capito scored easy victories in their respective primaries, setting the stage for a battle in November's General Election for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jay Rockefeller.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall also secured his nomination early Tuesday evening, easily defeating Richard Ojeda.

Rahall's opponent in November, Republican Evan Jenkins, was unopposed in the Primary.

On the state level, incumbent Del. Clif Moore held off a challenge from Pat McKinney in House District 26 to win the Democratic nomination. He will face unopposed Republican Tom Acosta in November.

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On the local level, Terry Basham emerged with the Democratic nomination for a Mercer County Commission seat. Republican Greg Puckett ran unopposed.

In McDowell County, incumbent Democrat A. Ray Bailey fell to Cecil Dale Patterson. Incumbents were also defeated in the Board of Education races there, with Georgia West, Mike Mitchem and Brenda Goodson gaining the most votes.

In Wyoming County, incumbents Jason Mullins and Mike Cochrane won their races for County Commission and Prosecuting Attorney respectively.

Allan Stiltner and Doug Lester join incumbent Mike Davis on the Wyoming County Board of Education.

In Raleigh County, Tim Berry was the top vote-getter on the Democrat County Commission ballot, while Byrd White led the Republican side.

For Board of Education in Raleigh, Charlotte Hutchens joined incumbents Larry Ford and Cindy Jaffary at the top.

In Fayette County's school board race, Steve Bush, Patsy Holliday and Pat Gray were victorious.

In Monroe County, residents voted in favor of the fire levies by a 65%-35% margin.

Summers County saw two contested races. Bill Lightner won on the Democrat ticket over Larry Fox. For Board of Education, incumbents Deborah Clark and Sue Angell were joined by James Payne.


BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. across the Mountain State Tuesday as voters shape the matchups for November's General Election.

For U.S. House, District 3, incumbent Nick Rahall faces a challenge from Richard Ojeda. The winner will face Republican Evan Jenkins in November, who is unopposed on his party's ballot Tuesday.

Current Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and current U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will look to fend of challenges on their party ballots Tuesday on the road to a much-talked about potential showdown in November for the Senate seat being vacated by longtime Senator Jay Rockefeller.

Tennant faces Dennis Welton and David Wamsley on the Democrat ballot, while Capito faces Larry Butcher and Matthew Dodrill on the GOP ticket.

On the State level, incumbent Del. Clif Moore faces Pat McKinney for the Democratic nomination in House District 26, McDowell County. Unopposed Republican Tom Acosta awaits the winner in November.

In House District 21, Roger Stacy of Jolo faces Mark Dean of Verner, Mingo County for the chance to unseat incumbent Democrat Harry Keith White this fall.

The Democrat ballot in House District 28 has three candidates hoping to represent parts of Raleigh and Monroe counties: Jim Brown, Jim McNeely and Jeff Pritt.

In House District 29, Lavonne Pennington of Beckley and Greg Wood of Sophia will compete for the Republican nomination and the chance to face Ricky Moye in November.

House District 30's Democrat ballot pits Mick Bates against Mel Kessler and Gordie Roop.

House District 42, which serves part of Monroe and Greenbrier counties, also has a contested race on the Democrat side with Richard Dulle, Coy Flowers and Courtney Jesser competing.

On the local level, county commission and board of education races will be on the ballot in several counties.

WVVA.com will provide up-to-date election results from all local, state and national races beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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