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William Ihlenfeld defeats Ryan Ferns to capture West Virginia Senate Seat

By JOSELYN KING

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, left, and challenger William Ihlenfeld, candidates for the state’s 1st District Senate seat, participate Wednesday in a debate at West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling.
(Intelligencer photo by Scott McCloskey)

WHEELING, W.Va — Former U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said a teenage secret weapon and a “small army of volunteers” helped him win the West Virginia Senate 1st District seat in Tuesday’s general election.

Ihlenfeld, a Democrat, defeated Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio. With 96 percent of the vote counted Tuesday night, unofficial results show Ihlenfeld garnering16,867 votes in the district; and Ferns, 14,857.

The 1st District includes Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties, and a part of Marshall County.

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