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W.Va. attorney general won’t run for governor

Charleston Daily Mail file photo Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been considering a run for governor for several months, but officially took his name out of contention Wednesday.
Charleston Daily Mail file photo
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been considering a run for governor for several months, but officially took his name out of contention Wednesday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, one of the final players considering entering the state’s gubernatorial race, officially took his name out of contention on Wednesday.

“I intend to run for attorney general again,” he said during an afternoon conference call with reporters.

Morrisey, a Republican, has been considering a run for governor for several months.

During the call, Morrisey said a variety of factors, including his office’s ongoing fight against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as family reasons, were behind his decision.

Morrisey’s decision comes after U.S. Rep. David McKinley announced earlier this month that he would not be entering the race, despite months of speculation.

The next day, state Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, held two press conferences — one at his Nissan dealership in Bluefield and another outside the Capitol alongside nearly two dozen elected officials — to announce his bid for governor…

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