Election 2016

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There were no surprises today as five West Virginia electors cast the state’s official votes for the next president and vice president of the United States. 

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant read the five official electoral college votes cast at the Capitol Monday by the state’s members of the electoral college during a ceremony in the House of Delegates chamber. 

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A Republican state Senate candidate has called for a recount after losing to a Democratic incumbent by 100 votes.

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Unofficial numbers from the secretary of state's office show voter turnout in West Virginia was higher than the previous general election but didn't eclipse the 2008 race.

Figures released Wednesday show 728,248 voters, or 57.2 percent, participated in Tuesday's election. That's up from about 55 percent in the 2012 general election and down from about 60.8 percent in 2008.

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In West Virginia, a Democrat will remain in the governor's mansion and Republicans will keep control of both the state Senate and House of Delegates. Mostly told, it was an election that represented the status quo in state politics aside from a few exceptions.

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Early voting in West Virginia has broken records in the 2016 election cycle with numbers surpassing historical data for both the primary and general elections in years past.

According to data provided by the Secretary of State’s office, 220,275 voters cast early ballots in the 2016 general election. The early voting period ended Saturday, Nov. 5.

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The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office is preparing for any potential voting issues that may arise on Election Day while tallying one of the highest early voting turnouts on record.

The Secretary of State's Office says more than 140,000 people have cast ballots early this year. The early voting period began on October 26 and runs through Saturday, November 5. 

With just days left in the 2016 election cycle, more than 140,000 West Virginians have already cast their ballots, but the candidates at all levels are still working to get your vote.

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When it comes to traditional Democratic politicians, Jim Justice is likely not the first person who comes to mind for many.

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Long-time Democratic state auditor Glen Gainer announced in 2015 that he would not seek re-election this year and in the spring, stepped down from his post 8 months before the end of his term.

With a wide open seat, a politically connected Republican and an underdog Democrat have traveled West Virginia rounding up support for their candidacies, but the election marks the first time in 40 years someone with the last name of Gainer will not be elected to the office.

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Gubernatorial candidate and Senate President Bill Cole poses with a supporter during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 28, in Morgantown.
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In his gubernatorial campaign, Senate President Bill Cole has emphasized shrinking the size of state government and cutting down on regulation in West Virginia. Cole has drawn support from like-minded national Republican figures, such as Wisconsin’s controversial governor, Scott Walker.

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In the first day of early voting, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office says 24, 251 people have cast their ballots at polling places across the state.

Early voting began Wednesday and lasts through Saturday November 5. Polling sites will be open Saturday, October 29, as well.

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If you’ve turned on a local commercial TV or radio station in the past few weeks, then you probably already know that the race for Attorney General is pretty heated.

Republican-incumbent Patrick Morrisey is up for re-election this year after considering and ultimately passing on a bid for governor. Morrisey is taking on Democratic Delegate Doug Reynolds, a Huntington attorney who also owns media and construction companies.

Both have been on the attack in a race that some polls show is too close to call just two weeks away from Election Day.

Voters in 27 states will cast their ballots for state Supreme Court justices when they head to the polls in November. In West Virginia, voters made their choice for the high court in May, something new for the state this election cycle, but a study from the Brennan Center for Justice says there is something else that was noteworthy about what happened in that primary.  

Anne Li reports, researchers are looking to West Virginia to prove that outside money really can sway a race.

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Republican Bill Cole and Democrat Jim Justice met for their second and final televised debate last night in Charleston.

Much like the first, they spent a lot of time talking about the economy and the lack of revenue causing major budget shortfalls, but the night was also dotted with responses to scandals at both the national and state level.

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Two years ago, an NPR investigation found that Jim Justice was among the top delinquent mine owners in the country, owing millions in federal mine safety fines.

NPR’s Howard Berkes decided to follow up on those findings and see just how far the Justice companies had come. What he found was not just that Justice now owed more money in fines than any other operator in the country, but that he also owed millions in federal, state and local taxes as well.

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On this West Virginia Morning, an NPR Investigation in 2014 found Justice was one of many coal mine owners across the country who had ignored millions of dollars in safety fines, putting miners at risk. At the time, Justice promised to pay all of his fines.

He didn't. In fact, NPR has found he is now the nation’s top delinquent mine owner, owing more money than he did two years ago and NPR's Howard Berkes reports his debts extend far beyond his coal mines.

On this episode of Viewpoint, West Virginia’s two major party candidates for governor squared off in their first of two televised debates Tuesday, focusing in on the state’s economic and budgetary issues.

Reaction to the candidates’ performances from the Chair of the West Virginia Republican Party Conrad Lucas and retiring Sen. Bill Laird, vice chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party.

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia this week focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan.

She, Sen. Joe Manchin and Congressman Evan Jenkins, all from West Virginia, were the only Congressional leaders who attended the forum, but Capito said in an earlier interview she wanted to make sure the struggling region's thoughts about the CPP were on the record.


The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision preventing a former Democratic state Senator from running for local office as an independent. 

The justices released the order Monday upholding an August Kanawha County Circuit Court decision.

On this week's episode of Viewpoint, host Ashton Marra talks presidential politics with West Virginia native Paige Lavender, senior politics editor with The Huffington Post

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Lavender discusses the Wednesday evening NBC forum where both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton appeared on the same stage, although separately, to discuss national security and their qualifications to be the next command-in-chief.

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Billionaire Jim Justice has spent almost $2.8 million in his Democratic bid for West Virginia governor, more than two Democrats he defeated and Republican nominee Bill Cole combined.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is raising cash for Republican Bill Cole's campaign for West Virginia governor.

During Tuesday's fundraiser in Charleston, Pence praised West Virginia's passage of right-to-work legislation and legal reforms under Cole, the Senate president.

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Republican Senate President Bill Cole is drawing Democratic scrutiny for bringing ex-Texas Gov. Rick Perry to West Virginia for a gubernatorial fundraiser during the budget session.

Before Tuesday's fundraiser, Cole said he already rescheduled Perry's planned visit last week amid the session.

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U.S. Department of State

Kanawha County officials say about 300 votes were not included in the county's unofficial election results last week.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the uncounted votes were from people who voted early and were from the Dunbar area.

Justice to Cole: No Debates

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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with our political analyst Dr. Robert Rupp about the results of Tuesday’s primary election and Judy Collins and Ari Hest are along with the Mountain Stage song of the week.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


West Virginia is reporting that 40 percent of registered voters turned out for its primary election.

A secretary of state news release about the unofficial results says the Mountain State cast 487,550 ballots with 54 of 55 counties reporting. Braxton County is the county that isn't reporting.

On West Virginia Morning, Senate minority leader Jeff Kessler’s loss of the democratic nomination for governor means the end of this legislative career.  Glynis Board talks with Kessler as he reflects on 20 years in the state legislature.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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West Virginia's tricky primary rules could cost Donald Trump four delegates. It won't matter — Trump has 92 percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination. Trump easily won the West Virginia primary. However, most of the state's delegates are elected directly by voters.

Twenty-two delegates were elected based on the statewide vote, and the top 22 vote getters were all Trump delegates. However, no more than two can be from the same county. Bernie Sanders is trailing Hillary Clinton by 283 delegates on the democratic side.

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Ending the night with around 50 percent of the vote, Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice was the clear winner for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor after Tuesday’s primaries.

The billionaire thanked his family and his fellow candidates, former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, but quickly shifted his focus to the general election and his new opponent, Republican Senate President Bill Cole during his victory speech.