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Pro-life candidates fare well in West Virginia primary

by | Jun 10, 2020

Two of the highlights in the 2020 Primary election returns on Tuesday, June 9, were the wins by incumbent Governor Jim Justice (won 63% of the vote) and incumbent Chief Justice Tim Armstead to a 12-year term on the State Supreme Court-Division 1. 

West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee (WVL-PAC) believes that in November Gov. Justice will provide a stark contrast to Democrat challenger Ben Salango. As for Justice Armstead, his firm, family-friendly leadership will continue. 

The court makeup is still a solid pro-life 3-2 majority.

Of the 140 races where the WVL-PAC made endorsements, there were 121 victories or 86%. In the 19 cases where the WVL-PAC-endorsed candidates did not prove to be successful, at least nine winners are pro-life. 

Except for two of the other Supreme Court races, every single federal and statewide race was won by a WVL-PAC endorsed candidate. WVL-PAC endorsed U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito will be challenged by Paula Jean Swearengin on November 3. 

The PAC is also pleased with the wins of U.S. Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, and Carol Miller in Congressional Districts 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

Pro-life State Senate President Mitch Carmichael lost the Republican nomination to pro-life challenger Amy Nichole Grady in the 4th Senatorial District. 

“Senate President Mitch Carmichael was instrumental in the passing of numerous pieces of pro-life legislation over his years in office,” said WVFL Legislative Coordinator Karen Cross. “Many lives have been saved because of his steadfast commitment to the unborn. Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Wanda Franz, Ph.D., President of West Virginians for Life PAC said, “Given the challenges that the pandemic presented, WVL-PAC is pleased with the election results overall. The PAC works to support pro-life candidates from both parties. The overwhelming pro-life successes in this election are, in part, due to voters’ desire to elect legislators at both the federal and state levels, who reflect their values regarding the dignity of each human life.”

She concluded, “West Virginians for Life looks forward to seeing increased support for pro-life candidates in the general election in November.”

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