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UPDATED: WV Won't Return Incumbent Mollohan To Congress

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- Democrat Alan Mollohan's 28-year run in the House of Representatives is over.

With 71 percent of the precincts reporting, State Sen. Mike Oliverio had nearly 56 percent of the vote compared to Mollohan's 44 percent.

Tuesday's vote made Mollohan the first House incumbent to lose his seat this year.

Mollohan was dogged by ethical questions, and the more conservative Oliverio ran an aggressive campaign portraying him as corrupt and disconnected.

Conservative media rallied around Oliverio, along with anti-abortion groups angry over Mollohan's support of health care reform.

Though Democrats outnumber republicans almost 2-to-1, West Virginia voted twice for George W. Bush and rejected Barack Obama in favor of John McCain.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- Southern West Virginia congressman Nick Rahall has won the democratic party's nomination to seek an 18th term in the House of Representatives.

Rahall easily defeated challenger Bruce Barilla of Bluefield on Tuesday. Barilla entered the race with plans to spend just $5,000 campaigning.

Rahall was first elected in 1976 and is currently serving his 17th term.

This fall, he will face former State Supreme Court justice Elliott "Spike" Maynard.

Maynard is a former democrat who switched parties after he lost his re-election bid to the high court in 2008.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Secretary of State's office says West Virginia made it through the primary with few problems.

State elections manger Dave Nichols says only four precincts failed to open by 6:30 a.m., but all 1,889 were open by midmorning.

Nichols says early problems ranged from voters unable to find races on a ballot to voting machine paper jams.

Early rain kept people away, but afternoon sunshine increased turnout.

The heaviest turnout was in the 1st Congressional District where longtime Rep. Alan Mollohan faced State Sen. Mike Oliverio in the democratic primary.

Six republicans were running in that party's primary for the seat.

Early estimates were that between 30 percent to 35 percent of the state's 1.2 million registered voters would vote Tuesday.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- Second District Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will face a former Catholic nun in November's general election.

Capito and Virginia Lynch Graf of Charles Town advanced to the general election after both were unopposed in their respective party primaries on Tuesday.

Capito is the only woman and lone republican member of West Virginia's congressional delegation. She has held the seat since 2000.

Her district stretches across 18 counties, from the Ohio River valley to the eastern panhandle.

In 2008, Capito took 57 percent of the vote over democratic challenger Anne Barth, a longtime aide to democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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