Election 2020

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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.

Op-Ed: Tuesday, Sept. 24, is National Voter Registration Day

Sep 23, 2019
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On this National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 24, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Elections Office looks forward to efforts which get our communities “vote ready.” 

The electoral process works best when our elections reflect input from everyone in our community. Which is why it is not only important to ensure you are registered, but your friends, family and neighbors are, too. 

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West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Tuesday he will not run for governor. The announcement came after months of speculation as to whether he’d join the race. 

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Joe Manchin is once again at a career crossroads that says as much about the West Virginia politician as it does the state of American politics.

The Democrat says he'll decide right after Labor Day whether to stick with being in the U.S. Senate, where he was just reelected for a six-year term, or make a run for West Virginia governor in 2020.

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On this West Virginia Morning, last week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency conducted operations in the Morgantown area -- and possibly elsewhere in the state. 

As of now, the details of those operations remain mostly unknown. Senior reporter Dave Mistich is following immigration enforcement activity in the state and the community’s reaction to it.

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Activist-turned-political candidate Paula Jean Swearengin has announced she’ll again run for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Swearengin made the announcement Tuesday on her campaign’s Facebook page.

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Candidates are starting to line up for Supreme Court races next year in West Virginia.

Three seats are up for grabs on May 12, 2020.

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd in Kermit, West Virginia on Friday, May 10, 2019.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke to a crowd of about 150 people in Mingo County Friday. The Democratic presidential candidate mostly spoke to the opioid epidemic, rather than her campaign agenda.

 

Warren spoke at the fire station in the small town of Kermit. She focused on her plan to tackle the opioid crisis.

In this April 9, 2019 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is capitalizing on a fellow Republican's attack by selling "Cocaine Mitch" shirts on his campaign's website.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren Schedules Stop in West Virginia

May 6, 2019
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U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will make a stop this week in Mingo Co., West Virginia.

 

According to her campaign’s website, Warren will host a community conversation Friday morning in Kermit.

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A former West Virginia Department of Commerce secretary forced out of his job last year will challenge his old boss for the governor’s seat.

Businessman Woody Thrasher announced Tuesday, April 16, he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor in 2020. He filed precandidate paperwork at the Secretary of State’s office that afternoon.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., checks out the stage before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
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U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is running for reelection.

The West Virginia Republican announced the 2020 bid Thursday in a radio interview and on social media.

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Former West Virginia Delegate Mike Folk says he's running for governor.

The Berkeley County Republican announced the campaign in an email Tuesday.

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Former West Virginia state Senator Richard Ojeda has announced he is dropping out of his bid seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. The announcement comes just over two weeks that Ojeda announced he would leave the Senate and ten days after his resignation became effective.

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Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-7th, spoke to his colleagues on the Senate floor to announce his looming departure to focus on a run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. In a typically passionate tone, Ojeda criticized Republican leaders for failing to run bills he believes would have been helpful to all West Virginians.

“I’m sure everybody has heard quite a few rumors out there. I just wanted everybody to know there is truth to the rumor,” Ojeda said Thursday.

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This is a developing story and will be updated.

West Virginia state Senator Richard Ojeda says he will resign from his seat next week to focus on winning the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.  

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With the 2020 election still a little less than two years away, Republican Gov. Jim Justice has announced he is running for re-election. The announcement, which came at a Monday event in White Sulphur Springs, was promoted by the state Republican Party through an email invitation to media and other interested parties.

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Charleston community organizer Stephen Smith has announced his candidacy for governor in 2020.

 

Smith, who is running as a Democrat, recently stepped down as director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. The organization has focused on raising the minimum wage, child heath care and other policies aimed to help working class families.

 

 

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A West Virginia state senator and Army veteran who lost a bid for congress in the 2018 midterms now has his sights set on running for president in 2020.