The Latest: McKinley wins re-election to West Virginia’s 1st

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Latest on Election Day in West Virginia (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Republican Rep. David McKinley has been re-elected over Democrat Mike Manypenny to the congressional seat in West Virginia’s 1st District.

The 69-year-old McKinley, an engineer first elected to the House in 2010, is the former state party chairman and spent 15 years in the state’s House of Delegates.

The district includes Morgantown, Parkersburg, McKinley’s hometown of Wheeling and the northern panhandle.

Manypenny, 57-year-old agricultural and environmental consultant, is a former member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates.

7:40 p.m.

Donald Trump has secured an expected victory over Hillary Clinton in coal-focused West Virginia.

The billionaire businessman was fueled by his vow to largely defy economic forecasts by bringing back coal jobs. The state was one of Trump’s strongest in the Republican primary.

Clinton lost the Democratic primary to Bernie Sanders in West Virginia. Republicans have focused on Clinton’s comments that she’ll “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She was stressing that the country can’t abandon coal workers as the economy shifts away from fossil fuels. She later called it a “misstatement.”

Clinton already was hampered by supporting President Barack Obama’s anti-global warming push to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

West Virginia Republican candidates ran on Trump’s coattails. Many Democrats shied from backing Clinton.

7:30 p.m.

Donald Trump has delivered an expected blowout over Hillary Clinton in coal-focused West Virginia.

The billionaire businessman was fueled by his vow to largely defy economic forecasts by bringing back coal jobs. The state was one of Trump’s most supportive in the Republican primary.

Clinton lost the Democratic primary to Bernie Sanders in West Virginia. Republicans have focused on Clinton’s comments that she’ll “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She was stressing that the country can’t abandon coal workers as the economy shifts away from fossil fuels. She later said it was a “misstatement.”

Clinton already was hampered by her support for President Barack Obama’s anti-global warming push to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

West Virginia Republican candidates ran on Trump’s coattails. Many Democrats shied from backing Clinton.

10 a.m.

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.

5:40 a.m.

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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