MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Incumbent Kristy Greer was leading a pack of six Republicans seeking their party's nomination in the primary race for Berkeley County magistrate, with 27 of 59 precincts reporting.Greer, with 1,138 votes, was followed closely by JoAnn Overington, who had 1,113 votes. Other results showed Robert L. Lowe II with 935 votes, incumbent Harry Snow with 931 and Tom Grove with 914 and Mary C. Teufel with 767 .
The top five vote-getters will face four Democrats who ran unopposed in their party's primary. They are incumbents Joan Bragg, Sandy Miller and Scott Paugh, and challenger Ywatta "Nessy" Mitchell. The Democrats automatically advance to the nine-way race in the Nov. 2 general election.
The top five vote-getters in November will be sworn in.
Magistrates serve four-year terms and make $40,000 a year.
Greer, 41, won her first term in 2000. Before that she was a magistrate for the City of Martinsburg.