Walker Appears To Be Winner In Pocahontas County Commission Race
Marlinton, WV – In most Pocahontas County elections, the first three precincts to report in are usually a fairly good predictor of the winner in any given race. And that was certainly true in all of the election races Tuesday night with the exception of the race for Pocahontas County Commissioner.
After the first three precincts reported in, Democrat JL Clifton was ahead of Republican opponent Jamie Walker. However, after 4 additional precincts reported in, Clifton and Walker were tied with 780 votes each. After tabulating the results for 11 precincts, Walker took the lead.
The final tally after all the precincts were counted was 1331 votes for Walker and 1309 votes for Clifton. However, there are still at least 30 provisional votes to be counted, well within the range that could trigger a recount.
Democrat Connie Carr easily won the Circuit Clerk contest with 1170 votes. Republican Paul Barb received 527 votes, Independent Jerry Ramos received 296 votes, and write in candidate Carrie Wilfong received 710 votes.
Democrat Missy Bennett easily defeated Republican opponent Mark Jonese in the County Clerk race by a vote of 1851 to 802. Brian Beverage ran unopposed for County Surveyor.
For the House of Delegates 37th District seats, Democrats Denise Campbell and Bill Hartman are the winners. For the State Senate, 15th District, Democrat Walt Helmick won his re-election bid over Republican opponent Jeremy Bauserman.
In the US House of Representatives, 3rd District, Nick Rahall also won re-election defeating his Republican opponent Elliott “Spike” Maynard.
Voters in Pocahontas like most other counties throughout the state, voted for Democrat Joe Manchin over Republican opponent John Raese in the special election to fill the US Senate seat of the late Robert C. Byrd.
In the race for Justice of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals, Democrat Thomas McHugh was leading Republican candidate John Yoder, as of 11:30pm Tuesday night. Those results were opposite of those in Pocahontas County where Yoder won the election by 134 votes.
Commissioners Reta Griffith and Martin Saffer were at the courthouse as the precinct returns came in. Commissioner David Fleming was not in attendance due to another engagement.
In Bath and Highland Counties, Republican Bob Goodlatte easily won re-election, defeating Libertarian Stuart M. Bain and Independent Jeffrey W. Vanke.
It is important to remember that these are the unofficial election results. In Pocahontas a canvass of the votes cast will be held on November 8th at 8:30am at the courthouse in Marlinton.