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After beating, Logan candidate pulls off upset

Charleston Gazette-Mail courtesy photo Richard Ojeda
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Richard Ojeda

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two days after being assaulted at a Logan County political cookout, Richard Ojeda achieved a major upset Tuesday in the Democratic primary over incumbent state Sen. Art Kirkendoll.

With all precincts reporting, Ojeda had 11,014 votes to Kirkendoll’s 8,949 votes.

Ojeda alleges the Sunday night attack was politically motivated. Jonathan Porter, 41, was arrested Sunday night and charged with assaulting Ojeda.

Ojeda, who directs junior ROTC programs for Logan County’s three high schools, had criticized Kirkendoll for receiving consulting fees from the Logan County Commission.

Kirkendoll served as a county commissioner for 30 years. Kirkendoll denied any involvement in the violent attack on Ojeda.

Ojeda will face Republican Jordan Ray Bridges in the November general election…

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