Republicans are looking to take advantage of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s popularity in West Virginia and win some statewide offices that have been held by Democrats for decades.
West Virginia hasn’t sided with a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton in 1996. His wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, struggled for support in the coal-reliant state and lost to Bernie Sanders in the May primary, when Trump was already the presumptive GOP nominee.
Republicans are seeking historic wins in races for auditor, treasurer and agriculture commissioner. Democratic auditor candidate Mary Ann Claytor also is trying to become the first black person elected to a statewide office in West Virginia history.
In the attorney general’s race, Republican incumbent Patrick Morrisey is seeking a second term and faces Democrat Doug Reynolds.
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