CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Latest on Election Day in West Virginia (all times local):
Election officials in West Virginia say voting has gone smoothly since polls opened Tuesday morning as voters cast ballots for president, the governor’s race and other statewide offices.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Briana Wilson says there have been only minor issues reported at a few locations. She did not have any firm reports of turnout as of mid-morning.
The governor’s race pits billionaire Democrat Jim Justice against Republican state Senate President Bill Cole. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has reached his two-consecutive-term limit.
The secretary of state says a record 220,275 voters cast ballots during the state’s 10-day early voting period that ended Saturday.
The West Virginia governor’s race pits a billionaire Democrat against a Republican aligning himself with Donald Trump.
Jim Justice, a coal and agriculture magnate, faces Republican state Senate President Bill Cole on Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has reached his two-consecutive-term limit.
Justice, West Virginia’s wealthiest resident, has promised in largely general terms to deliver outside-the-box answers and bring jobs to the struggling state. He pointed to his purchase and turnaround of the once-broke Greenbrier resort.
Cole, a car dealer, is calling for West Virginia to elect a Trump-Cole team. Trump is popular for his promises to bring back coal jobs in West Virginia, despite grim economic forecasts.
The last Republican to serve as West Virginia governor, Cecil Underwood, was elected two decades ago.
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