UPDATE: GOP State Senate President Cole Enters W.Va. Governor's Race

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UPDATE 6/2/2015 11:25 AM

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Republican state Senate President Bill Cole announced he will run for West Virginia governor in 2016.

The prominent auto dealer made his announcement Tuesday morning at a Nissan dealership he owns near Bluefield. The Mercer County lawmaker then headed to Charleston for additional events at the Capitol.

Cole is the first Republican front-runner to join the race. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is also considering a bid. Congressman David McKinley ruled out a run Monday.

On the Democratic side, billionaire businessman Jim Justice kicked off a campaign. State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler is also officially in the race.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cannot run again because he is reaching a limit of two consecutive terms.

Cole finished his first legislative session as Senate president in March.

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Republican West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole will announce his intentions in the 2016 West Virginia governor's race.

GOP consultant Kent Gates says Cole will make his announcement Tuesday.

The events will be Tuesday morning at the auto dealer's Nissan location in Mercer County and afterward at the Capitol in Charleston.

Cole would be the first Republican front-runner to enter the race. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he's seriously considering a bid. Congressman David McKinley said Monday he won't seek the Governor's Mansion.

On the Democratic side, billionaire businessman Jim Justice has kicked off a campaign. State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler has also filed pre-candidacy papers to run for governor.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cannot run again because he is reaching a limit of two consecutive terms.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



 
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