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With both sides energized, West Virginia’s GOP Legislature withstands rally to ‘Remember in November’

By PHIL KABLER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —With voter turnout topping 47 percent — up 10 percent from the last off-year election in 2014 — the 2018 general election saw teachers and labor turning out to “Remember in November,” but also an energized base of conservative voters.

In Legislative races, that unofficially resulted in Democratic pickups of two Senate and five House of Delegates seats — incremental gains, as opposed to a “blue wave.”

“People who wanted to express dissatisfaction with the path we’re on were energized and came out, but there was also an energized Republican base that turned out,” Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Wednesday.

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