MASON COUNTY — Mason County voters went to the polls on Tuesday to help decide several state races, including the next governor, senator and congressman.
U.S. Senate Incumbent Joe Manchin, III, (D), won West Virginia and Mason County. In terms of county numbers, Manchin took home 6,711 votes with John R. Raese (R) getting 2,657 votes and Bob Henry Barber (Mountain) with 175.
Mason County also helped Congressman Nick J. Rahall, II, (D) get reelected to his seat. Though Rahall is an incumbent, this is the first time he will be representing Mason County after it was moved from the second to third congressional district. In Mason County, Rahall received 5,234 votes with Rick Snuffer (R) receiving 3,946.
Incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin (D) was also reelected as governor of West Virginia. In Mason County he received 5,160 votes with Bill Maloney (R) getting 4,209, Jesse Johnson (Mountain), 210, and David Moran (Libertarian), 103.
Incumbent Natalie E. Tennant (D) was also reelected as West Virginia Secretary of State. In Mason County she received 5,270 votes with Brian Savilla (R) getting 4,126.
Incumbent Glen B. Gainer (D) was also reelected as W.Va. Auditor of State. In Mason County he received 5,687 votes, Larry V. Faircloth (R), 3,352.
At press time, incumbent W.Va. Treasurer John D. Perdue (D) was projected the winner with 94 percent of state precincts reporting. In Mason County, Perdue lost with 4,185 votes, Mike Hall (R), 5,260 .
In the race for Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick (D) was being projected the winner with 94 percent of precincts reporting. In Mason County Helmick received 4,798 votes, Kent Leonhardt (R), 4,263.
In the race for W.Va. Attorney General, Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey was leading Incumbent Darrell V. McGraw (D) by a slim margin with 94 percent of precincts reporting at press time. Morrisey lost Mason County with McGraw getting 5,163 votes and Morrisey with 4,255.
At press time, Justice Robin Davis and Allen Loughry were projected winners of two seats on the W.Va Supreme Court of Appeals. In Mason County the votes were as follows — Davis (D), 4,556, Letitia “Tish” Chafin (D), 4,248, Loughry (R), 4,502 and John Yoder (R), 3,064.