The Campaign Spot

Candidates Lining Up for Possible West Virginia Governor’s Race

If West Virginia ends up having a gubernatorial election this year, there will be at least two Republicans making a bid.

Former secretary of state Betty Ireland announced her interest in running at the end of the year; state senator Clark Barnes also is expressing interest.

On the other side of the aisle are a slew of West Virginia Democrats: “[Acting governor Earl Ray] Tomblin; House Speaker Richard Thompson; state Sens. Jeff Kessler and Brooks McCabe, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant; and state Treasurer John Perdue.”

The state supreme court will hear oral arguments next week on when the state should hold the next election for governor.

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