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A closer look at WV’s legislative elections


NCWV Media

File photo of the West Virginia House of Delegates during the 2018 Legislative session.
(West Virginia Legislative Photography photo by Perry Bennett)

CHARLESTON — Although Democrats picked up a wave of seats at the federal level, state Democrats weren’t able to capture the majority in either chamber of the West Virginia Legislature.

In all, Democrats picked up five seats in the House of Delegates and two seats in the state Senate, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office.

“We’re very encouraged by the voters of West Virginia having returned Republican majorities to both the House and the Senate in overwhelming margins,” said Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson. “Traditionally, in a midterm election, the party in power loses a lot of seats.

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