One Senate seat is up for election in West Virginia, held by a Democrat incumbent. Voters will also choose representatives for three House seats, two of which are held by Republicans. (One seat is vacant, most recently held by a Republican.) See West Virginia’s primary results.
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D) will face state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) in one of the country’s most conservative states — Donald Trump won there by 42 points. Manchin has been more willing than most Democrats to work with Trump, backing both of his Supreme Court picks. The bipartisan brand he emphasized during the campaign could be enough to secure Manchin's reelection. Morrisey fended off two challengers in the primary, but some Republicans think he has proved a lackluster candidate.
Going into this election, West Virginia had 2 Republican representatives, with 1 seat currently open. Here’s how each district leans politically, based on how it voted in the 2016 presidential election, with 2018 results as they come in.
In 2016, Trump won this district by 49.3 points and Evan Jenkins (R) won by 43.9.
State Rep. Richard Ojeda (D) endorsed Donald Trump and gave passionate speeches to help teachers get a raise before turning toward a congressional bid, fueled by unfiltered videos. He's running against state Rep. Carol Miller (R) in a district that went for Trump by almost 50 points.
Congress has left town until after the election without passing any new economic or health care relief measures even as the coronavirus pandemic surges and the economy sputters. Negotiations faltered...