Manchin reelected as West Virginia senator

The law was passed with a vote of 59-41 (photo by Madison Hale)

Joe Manchin has been reelected as West Virginia’s U.S. Senator in the 2018 midterm election. Manchin won the election with 49.5 percent of the vote. Patrick Morrisey, Manchin’s Republican challenger, was not far behind with 46.3 percent of the vote.

The Senate election may have been a close call, but the House elections were easily decided. West Virginia’s first district reelected David McKinley into the House, with 64.6 percent of the vote. Kendra Fershee, McKinley’s Democratic challenger, lost with 35.4 percent of the vote.

Alex Mooney won the second district’s House elections with 54 percent of the votes. Talley Sergent lost with 42.9 percent of the vote. Daniel Lutz, the Mountain Party’s representative, lost with 3.1 percent of the vote.

The third district had no incumbent this election. Republican Carol Miller was elected with 56.4 percent of the vote. Richard Odeja, a Democrat, lost with 43.6 percent of the vote.

What is considered to be an anti-abortion provision, known as Amendment 1, passed narrowly. The measure would take away a woman’s guarantee of an abortion in West Virginia. It is seen as an ultimate challenge to Roe vs. Wade.

This vote was closer than the others. Some 51. 67 percent backed the plan, while 48.33 percent opposed it.