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GOP wins W.Va. Senate spots

Nov. 07, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON — Republicans were claiming victory in the area’s three contested races for the West Virginia Senate, according to Associated Press projections and unofficial election returns.

Those celebrating apparent victories were Bill Cole in District 6, Mitch Carmichael in District 4 and Chris Walters in District 8.

Cole had received 18,523 votes, 53 percent, with all precincts reporting in District 6. That led Democratic incumbent Mark Wills, who collected 16,220 votes.

Cole’s spending, more than $237,000 through Oct. 21, made the District 6 race the most expensive legislative matchup in West Virginia, according to the Associated Press.

District 6 covers western Wayne Counties, along with Mercer County and portions of Mingo and McDowell counties.

Carmichael was leading outgoing Jackson County Sheriff Michael “Mike” Bright with 91 percent of precincts reporting in District 4, which covers Mason and Jackson counties, along with portions of western Putnam and western Roane counties.

Carmichael, the state’s outgoing House Minority Whip, had collected 18,719 votes, 52 percent. Bright trailed with 17,247 votes.

The District 4 seat was formerly occupied by Sen. Karen L. Facemyer, who did not seek re-election.

Walters was leading in District 8 with 97 percent of precincts reporting. The district was a newly drawn district covering eastern Putnam and western Kanawha counties. The Republican had collected 18,527 votes, 53 percent, as he led Democrat Joshua Martin, who had 16,457 votes.

Democratic incumbents Robert H. “Bob” Plymale and Art Kirkendoll ran uncontested.

Plymale represents District 5, which serves Cabell and northern Wayne counties. Kirkendoll represents District 7, which covers eastern portions of Wayne and Mingo counties, along with Lincoln, Boone and Logan counties.