WV Gov. Jim Justice gets GOP nod to replace Sen. Joe Manchin

Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice received the state’s GOP Senate major Tuesday, positioning himself as the favourite to succeed retiring Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) within the higher chamber.

Justice cruised to victory, defeating his fundamental rival, Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), in a 61.5% to 26.6% vote. 

A number of different candidates within the GOP discipline didn’t get hold of greater than 3.1% of the vote, individually. 

Justice, who’s endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is taken into account the favourite to succeed Manchin within the Senate. AP

“Thanks, West Virginia, for putting your help and belief in me,” Justice wrote on X.

“I’m really humbled and can work daily to win in November so we are able to flip the Senate and ship on our America-First agenda!” the two-term governor added.

Justice, 73, will face Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott in November.

Elliott prevailed in his three-way Democratic major race towards neighborhood organizer Zachary Shrewsbury and former coal firm CEO Don Blankenship, receiving 45.5% of the vote.

A former Democrat, Justice introduced he was becoming a member of the Republican Celebration at a rally for former President Donald Trump in 2017. 

Trump, 77, endorsed Justice’s 2024 Senate bid final October. 

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The favored West Virginia governor is a heavy favourite within the common election, and a victory by Justice in November would permit Republicans to flip the seat presently held by the centrist Manchin, who introduced he would not seek re-election last November

Manchin is the one Democrat in West Virginia’s congressional delegation. He has represented the state within the Senate since 2010. 

Trump raked in additional than 68% of the vote within the deeply purple state in each the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. 

Democrats presently maintain a slim 51-49 majority within the Senate, however need to defend 23 seats this cycle — Republicans have to guard simply 11.

Justice, who’s term-limited, was ineligible to hunt a 3rd time period within the West Virginia governor’s mansion.

Within the race to exchange him, Steve Williams, the Democratic mayor of Huntington, ran uncontested within the state’s Democratic gubernatorial major and West Virginia Lawyer Basic Patrick Morrisey defeated Moore Capito, the son of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, within the GOP major contest by lower than 6 share factors.

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