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Hall Switches Parties, GOP Will Control Both Chambers of West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia Legislature

Senator Daniel Hall has left the Democratic Party, flipping the West Virginia Legislature entirely into the hands of the GOP, according to a source in the state's Republican Party office. 

The party affiliation change comes after a deadlock in the state Senate where Republicans and Democrats each had 17 members as a result of Tuesday's election.

Hall said of the switch Wednesday night via Facebook:

"Political climates change, and I made a decision today to keep Raleigh, Wyoming and Mcdowell counties at the table in the West Virginia Senate. I have always picked our people over party...and did today as well. This decision will upset some, but had to be made for our district to be relevant."

Hall served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 2008 to 2012. In  2006, he unsuccessfully ran for the House of Delegates as a Republican. 

Hall's counterpart in the Senate's 9th District, Democratic incumbent Mike Green, was defeated in Tuesday's election by Republican Jeff Mullins. 

It also looks as though Hall's switch may not be only one from Democrat to Republican in the state Senate, according to The Charleston Daily Mail's Jared Hunt:

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