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Viewpoint Special Breaks Down 2016 Election Results


On a special episode on Viewpoint, the 2016 General Election results are in, but what do they mean for West Virginians today and into the future?

Conservative columnist Laurie Lin, of WVPB's The Front Porch, and West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy's Ted Boettner join host Ashton Marra to discuss the race for governor and the challenges Democrat Jim Justice will face, particularly with the budget, when he takes office in January. 

The panel also discusses the expanded Republican control of the West Virginia Senate and what new leadership could mean for policy during the 2017 session.

Then a discussion with Dr. Robert Rupp of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Rupp focuses in on the state's slow transition from a blue to a red state, a transition that could not be completed by the West Virginia Republican Party in their race for governor. 

The special episode is the final podcast of Viewpoint this election cycle. It can also be viewed on WVPB's television network and heard on radio at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.


Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.
Chad has been working for West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 1996. He is a Graduate of the West Virginia University Eberly College of Art & Sciences.

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