West Virginia results for every midterm race
Red-state Democrat Joe Manchin is fighting for his political life in the West Virginia Senate race. Manchin has managed to maintain a strong lead against Republican Patrick Morrisey in the heavily conservative state, but the race is still expected to be a tight one.
Manchin’s seat is one of several crucial slots that Democrats need to hang onto if they want to flip the Senate or, at the very least, not give Republicans a larger majority. Despite his Democratic Party allegiances, Manchin has proven relatively popular with his West Virginian constituents, though he still faces tough headwinds in a state that went for Trump by one of the biggest margins in the country.
An open House seat in the state’s Third Congressional District is also seen as one of several competitive races where Democrats could pick up a possible seat. Democratic State Sen. Richard Ojeda — a chief supporter of the state’s teacher’s strike — and Republican state House member Carol Miller are vying for the seat.
Voters will also consider a ballot measure that would ensure “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” This kind of ballot initiative has historically been seen as symbolic, but should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the Supreme Court, it could put the state on a path toward outlawing abortion.
West Virginia’s statehouse has been solidly in Republican hands, and it is expected to remain that way, according to Daily Kos.
Trump’s approval ratings in this coal-loving state reflect his margin of victory in 2016 — more than 60 percent of the people in the state say he is doing a good job, according to Morning Consult.
West Virginia US Senate
West Virginia US House 1
|David Bennett McKinley
West Virginia US House 2
|Alexander Xavier Mooney
|Daniel Lutz (Mountain Party)
West Virginia US House 3
|Richard Ojeda II
West Virginia State Referendum WV Amendment 1