Election 2020

West Virginia's Primary Election is June 9, 2020. WVPB will have live news and results on election evening.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has agreed to debate Democratic challenger Ben Salango before they face off in the November elections, the incumbent Republican's campaign said Wednesday. 

The announcement comes after Justice declined to debate his GOP opponents ahead of the June primary elections, calling it a “waste of time." 

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Isaac Sponaugle conceded the Democratic primary for West Virginia attorney general to labor lawyer Sam Petsonk on Tuesday, capping a close race decided by fewer than 200 votes weeks after election day. 

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The high numbers of absentee ballots in West Virginia’s primary election last week have left at least a couple major races still undecided. With canvassing now underway, elections officials say those races are expected to have a declared winner in the coming days.

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Today is primary Election Day in West Virginia. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, state officials delayed the state's May 12 primary, allowing all registered voters to request an absentee mail-in ballot. 

 


It’s primary election day here in West Virginia and it’s unlike any election in modern history. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, state officials delayed the state's May 12 primary and allowed all registered voters to request an absentee mail-in ballot. Per usual, voters also had the opportunity to vote early in person. 

If you’re heading to the polls today to vote, here are a few frequently asked questions and answers. 

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While the winners of Divisions 1 and 2 for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will each serve a full 12-year term on the state’s high court, the winner of Division 3 will serve the remaining four years of an unexpired term. 

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Candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Division 2 have expressed remarkably different ideas about what the state’s high court should focus on. The winner, who will serve a full 12-year term, will replace the seat currently held by Justice Margaret Workman.

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The coronavirus pandemic has quickly become the biggest story of 2020, eclipsing the kind of news coverage we'd usually see in the run up to an presidential election. West Virginia will host its primary election next month, on June 9. 

For many of us, civics class was longer ago than we’d like to admit. And even if it wasn’t, there are plenty of changes this year due to COVID-19. (Here’s our primary voting guide if you have questions on how things have changed.) (And here’s our story about key races to watch.)

 

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Editor's Note: Candidates for West Virginia Supreme Court Division 1 spoke to West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications at Shepherd University as part of a forum featuring candidates from each of the three divisions in this year’s election. 

The June 9 primary will decide three seats on the bench of the state’s highest court. Eleven candidates across three divisions are vying for the open seats on West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals. 

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Before the coronavirus made its way to West Virginia and delayed the state’s primary, the upcoming election was already shaping up to be one of the most closely watched in recent years. 

With the election now moved to Tuesday, June 9, the spotlight has remained on some races, while each party has taken strong positions when it comes to absentee mail-in voting. 

 


 

West Virginia officials moved the state’s primary election from May 12 to June 9 out of safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, and have expanded options for mail-in voting.

 

Registered voters can vote in person during early voting or on Election Day at a polling location, or by absentee ballot.

 

The last day to register to vote in the primary is May 19. Early in-person voting begins May 27 and ends June 6. You can also vote in person on Election Day, June 9. 

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With cases of the coronavirus expected to spike in West Virginia in the coming weeks, the state will delay its primary election. Gov. Jim Justice made the announcement at a Wednesday virtual news conference.

The primary election had been scheduled for May 12. But with public health concerns heightened, Justice announced the primary will instead be pushed back to June 9. 

KANSAS CITY, MO. — As the election season kicks off, the "America Amplified: Election 2020" initiative, led by KCUR 89.3 in Kansas City, is pleased to announce the eight public media networks that will produce innovative journalism from community engagement efforts, including the Ohio Valley ReSource, which partners with West Virginia Public Broadcasting.



Each of these collaborations will receive funding from the initiative, which is supported by a $1.9 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.



West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is shown Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va.
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed for reelection Tuesday, highlighting his work on the opioid crisis, church sex abuse and opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

Morrisey, a Republican, formally turned in his 2020 candidacy paperwork with a gaggle of GOP lawmakers at the secretary of state’s office. He framed his bid for a third term as a way to handle “unfinished business.”

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Many voters casting ballots in West Virginia in 2020 will do so on new voting machines.

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, that the state has used a $6.5 million federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant to help upgrade voting systems, Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

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According to the Secretary of State’s website, 18 people filed financial disclosures last year declaring their intention to run for governor against incumbent Republican Jim Justice. The official period to file just began in the state, and candidates have until Jan. 25 to get their paperwork submitted to the Secretary of State’s website. West Virginia's primary election is May 12. 

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On this West Virginia Morning, the House of Delegates passed a bill known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. 

The measure calls on doctors to use “reasonable medical judgement” in the event of an unsuccessful abortion. It passed with bi-partisan support.

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On this West Virginia Morning, news about West Virginia and the opioid epidemic is usually about the state being at the bottom of a variety of statistics. But today we hear a more hopeful story about one high school that is working to interrupt the cycle of addiction by training high school students as recovery coaches. Kara Lofton reports.

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Over the next couple of weeks, West Virginia will get an idea who will be on the ballot for the upcoming election cycle — from the President of the United States and congressional openings all the way down to races for constitutional offices, statehouse seats and the Supreme Court. The filing period for the state’s 2020 election cycle is now underway and dozens of would-be officials have formally declared their candidacy. 

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Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle announced he is running for West Virginia’s attorney general in 2020. 

He made the announcement Monday at the state Capitol.

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Longtime Democratic West Virginia House of Delegates member Mike Caputo has announced he’ll run for a seat in the state Senate. He made the announcement Tuesday at an event in Fairmont.

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Former Democratic West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is running to win back her seat in 2020. 

Tennant made the announcement Thursday morning in a video emailed to news media and her supporters. 

In this May 8, 2018 file photo former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship speaks to supporters in Charleston, W.Va. Blankenship says he’ll seek the Constitution Party’s nomination for U.S. president next year.
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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has announced he is running for President. Blankenship served a year in federal prison and made a failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

In a statement posted online, Blankenship says he is seeking the Constitution Party’s nomination for president in 2020.  Federal Election Commission records show he filed paperwork in October.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Republican candidates in West Virginia’s 2020 congressional races appear to be significantly out-fundraising Democrats, according to third quarter campaign finance reports. Dave Mistich has more.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Salango says he's divesting from the parent company of The Charleston Gazette-Mail ahead of the 2020 election.

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Updated Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:50 p.m.

Republican candidates in West Virginia’s 2020 congressional races appear to be significantly out raising Democrats, according to third quarter campaign finance reports.

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Kanawha County Commissioner and Charleston attorney Ben Salango has announced he is running for governor of West Virginia as a Democrat.

In a Thursday speech announcing his campaign, Salango repeatedly took aim at incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Justice for legal woes involving his businesses. 

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The president of a group that opposes abortion rights and LGBTQ protections has announced he is running for U.S. Senate, challenging Republican incumbent Shelley Moore Capito in the May primary election.

According to a news release from his campaign, Allen Whitt is a former writer and spokesman for Dr. Billy Graham. He’s served as the president of the West Virginia Family Policy Council for the past six years. 

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On this West Virginia Morning, a growing body of research shows that learning outside boosts the mental, physical and social health of students. In Morgantown, one outdoor education program has embraced learning in nature and integrated it into the curriculum at a local elementary school. As part of our occasional series on outdoor education, Brittany Patterson visited Mountain SOL.

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A longtime state senator from Boone County has announced he is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2020. 

Sen. Ron Stollings filed pre-candidacy paperwork Monday at the Secretary of State’s office.

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