May 2014 Primary Election Results – Pocahontas
Here are the results of the May 2014 primary for Pocahontas County and the state. In the northern district commission race, David McLaughlin won the democratic nomination with a total of 511 votes, followed by current commission president David Fleming with 436 votes, Kenneth Varner with 280 and Patti Heinemann with 59 votes. McLaughlin will face republican Charles Wilfong in the November general election.
In the southern district, current commissioner William Beard was the winner with 633 votes, followed by Sarah Riley with 425 votes, and Shay Huffman with 216 votes. Beard will face republican Norman Alderman in the November general election.
Jan McNeel with 1123 votes and Emery Grimes with 914 votes were both returned to the Board of Education. Jessica Hefner won the election for third open seat by a vote of 803 votes to the 629 received for Lynn Jordan.
For the 43rd district House of Delegates which includes Pocahontas and Randolph counties, democrats Denise Campbell and Bill Hartman were unchallenged for their nominations and received 3,343 and 2,687 votes, respectively. They will face republican challengers Charles Kinnison who received 959 votes and Mary Catherine Boltz who received 579 votes in November.
In the 11th district for the state senate which covers 8 counties including Pocahontas, Steve Foster had more votes than his opponent in Pocahontas, but Robert Karnes won the overall republican nomination by 3,314 votes to 2,826 votes for his opponent. Karnes will face democrat Gregory Tucker who received 7,202 votes overall.
In the US House of Representatives race, long time 3rd district congressman Nick Rahall won the democratic nomination easily defeating Richard Ojeda II by a vote of 36,718 to 18,568. Rahall faces republican Evan Jenkins in the fall.
In the US Senate race, Shelly Moore Capito won the republican nomination. She will face the winner of the democratic nomination, Natalie Tennant, the current secretary of state for WV.
These results are unofficial until the votes are canvassed on Monday, May 19th.