Election 2018

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A West Virginia county's officials say 57 uncounted ballots have been found from the 2018 general election, all from one voting machine, so they're preparing to ask a judge for permission to include them.

When you opened your mailbox, watched television or listened to commercial radio in the lead-up to the election, you and other would-be voters were likely bombarded by political advertisements. Like in elections past, some of those materials were paid for by candidate committees and are easily identified as such. But the sources of the materials from other groups -- known as independent expenditures and not authorized by a candidate or a candidate committee -- are often more difficult to discern.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, a vote tabulation issue in Kanawha County is nearing resolution and it appears it will not affect the outcome of two statehouse races in question. As Dave Mistich reports, election officials there had to reconcile more than 1,700 unaccounted for ballots across 20 voting precincts.

After Wave of Teacher Activism, Some Fall Short in Midterms

Nov 12, 2018
In this Friday, April 13, 2018 file photo, teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., during a rally for increased education funding.
Bryan Woolston / AP photo

After falling short in her race for the state legislature, high school history teacher Jenny Urie returned to her central Kentucky classroom, suddenly doubtful of just how far a grassroots uprising to bolster public education could go.

As massive walkouts over teacher salaries and school funding inspired many teachers to run for office, Urie was among at least 36 current and former educators on the ballot for the legislature in Kentucky. Two-thirds of them lost.

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This is a developing story and may be updated. 

Following Tuesday’s midterm election, Kanawha County election officials have announced that more than 1,700 ballots may have not yet been counted. Technical issues with voting machines could affect vote totals at 20 precincts across the county, including locations in Elkview, Clendenin, Pinch and Kanawha City.

County election officials made the announcement at a Friday news conference.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the mid-term election is behind us, but the implications of the election will be with us for some time. So news director Jesse Wright asked long-time West Virginia Morning contributor Dr. Robert Rupp, a professor of history and political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, to put this election in historical context and talk about what it might mean for the next state legislative session.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, senior reporter Dave Mistich joins host Teresa Wills to discuss Tuesday's election results.

Note: NPR will be updating these numbers as more results come in.

Updated at 10:44 a.m. ET Thursday

After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019.

With results still coming in, 98 women have won their House races as of early Wednesday morning, up from the current 84. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats. That's in addition to the 10 female senators who were not up for re-election this year.

There are a lot of different ways to read the results from elections across the country Tuesday.

There will be lots of spin in the coming days about what it all means, but here are seven ways to cut through the noise and put what happened in context:

1. It was a Democratic wave in the House, and that is a very big deal.

VoteCast: West Virginia Voters Say Nation Headed Right Way

Nov 6, 2018
Voters enter the polling place at Morgantown High School on Nov. 6, 2018, in the South Park neighborhood of Morgantown, W.Va.
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A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in West Virginia said the country is headed in the right direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, AP VoteCast found about 6 in 10 West Virginia voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 4 in 10 who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.


Depsite losing two seats, West Virginia Republicans maintained their majority in the state Senate, moving from a 22-12 to a 20-14 seat lead.



West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, a new poll of West Virginia high school seniors shows that young people may not be as tied to party politics as you might think. The poll was conducted by Inspire West Virginia -- a nonpartisan organization that encourages high school students to be civically engaged -- and 100 Days in Appalachia, a media partner of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Glynis Board recently sat down with Ashton Marra to discuss the results. Formerly a member of our team, Ashton is now the digital managing editor of 100 Days in Appalachia.

Tune in to West Virginia Public Broadcasting on Tuesday, November 6 for Election Night 2018 coverage on Radio, TV, and online. Here's how:

Teens and Guns: Will School Shootings Impact First Timer Voters’ Choices at the Polls?

Nov 5, 2018
Morgantown High School senior Nicholas Chaffins sits in the bleachers at a recent football game at his high school.
Justin Hayhurst / 100 Days in Appalachia

Nicholas Chaffins saw a need for change.

On March 14, Chaffins, then a junior at Morgantown High School in Morgantown, West Virginia, joined his peers to walk out of their classrooms to protest gun violence.

“If you talk to pretty much any student, we’re pretty fed up with it and we want something to change,” Chaffins said. “We were doing something. We were participating in activism.”

Meet the W.Va. Women Challenging the Political Norm for Female Candidates

Nov 5, 2018
Kendra Fershee (left), Talley Sergent and Carol Miller are all running for seats in Congress to represent West Virginia, joining a national surge of female candidates across the country.
Photos of Fershee and Sergent: Justin Hayhurst/100 Days in Appalachia, Photo of Miller: Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislative Photography

West Virginians don’t vote for women.

Democratic candidate in West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District Kendra Fershee says that’s what a man told her on the campaign trail before the primary election in May of this year.

“[He] encouraged me to drop out of the race because I’m a woman, said I won’t be able to win because people won’t vote for me,” Fershee recalled.

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Two prominent Republican politicians are among a pack of attorneys and judges competing Tuesday for a pair of West Virginia Supreme Court positions vacated by justices caught up in a scandal over spending by the court.

Will Price / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Shortly after the teacher strike, Andrew Thomas stood before his fifth-grade social studies class at Mullens Middle School in Wyoming County, lowered the lights and showed his students a video of state Sen. Richard Ojeda. 

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Updated: Monday, November 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.


A group encouraging West Virginia voters to reject a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot has filed a complaint with Secretary of State Mac Warner. The complaint, rooted in free speech issues and the state’s electioneering laws, comes after an incident Saturday at an early voting location in Morgantown.

A poll worker asked Vote No on Amendment 1 volunteer Stacy North to stay at least 100 feet from the entrance of the Mountaineer Mall early voting location to comply with state law, West Virginia Code Section 3-9-9.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the state’s 3rd Congressional District is one of the country's most closely watched U.S. House races in the 2018 general election. Richard Ojeda, of Logan, is an Army veteran and Democratic state senator who became an advocate for striking teachers. He is running against Carol Miller, a Republican state delegate, bison farmer and small business owner from Huntington, who’s backed by Donald Trump. Molly Born reports.

West Virginia Teachers Inspired a National Movement. But Will They ‘Remember in November?’

Nov 3, 2018
Teachers who marched in the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival in Martinsburg, West Virginia, wore shirts bearing a slogan chanted by teachers during the strike.
Kristen Uppercue / West Virginia University

Jessica Salfia has had a busy nine months. 

Salfia is an English teacher at Spring Mills High School, one of the largest in West Virginia, situated in the state’s Eastern Panhandle. She’s one of the organizing members and president of the West Virginia chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English and, most recently, added the title of co-editor to her list of accomplishments for her work on “55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike.” 

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Huntington, W.Va.

Nov 3, 2018
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on Nov. 2, 2018, at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va.
Tyler Evert / AP Photo

Donald Trump continued his cross-country politicking on Nov. 2, just days before the midterm elections, with a stop in Huntington, W.Va., where he supported Patrick Morrisey, the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

Trump used the podium to attack Democrats who he accused of being soft on illegal immigration, while also touting some of the positive economic achievements on his administration’s watch.

Here’s a rundown of a few of the statements Trump made at the rally.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, there are two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this year’s mid-term election. If passed, one would change language about how abortions are handled in the state constitution. The other would give the state Legislature some oversight of the Supreme Court’s budget.

Senior reporter Dave Mistich sat down with news director Jesse Wright to break down what each amendment means.

Patrick Morrisey, left, and Sen. Joe Manchin speak to reporters after a debate Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va.
Raymond Thompson / AP photos

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey sparred Thursday night over the opioid epidemic, tax cuts, the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and more during the only debate of their campaign.

Both candidates talked over each other often during the testy debate as they tried to get their points across.

New Survey Finds West Virginia Students Reject Party Lines, Vote on Issues Instead

Nov 1, 2018
Henry Cerbone, left, and Abby Pletcher, right, seniors at Preston County High School, sit with their teacher Danielle Barker. Barker distributed the survey to her students.
Ashton Marra / 100 Days in Appalachia

Red state vs. blue state. Conservative vs. liberal. Republican vs. Democrat.

These binary terms dominate the nation’s political narrative leading up to major elections, including this year’s midterms on November 6. The national media likes clear cut sides to a political story, but a deeper look at the thoughts and feelings of Appalachian youth show a generation struggling to fit their opinions about the nation’s most timely issues into those boxes.