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W.Va. delegate races

November 03, 2004

Blair leading in 52nd

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Del. Craig Blair, a Republican, was soundly leading his Democratic challenger Scott Funk Tuesday night, meaning Blair likely will serve another term as a member of the state Legislature.

Blair, 45, was first elected two years ago. Funk, 21, is a student at West Virginia University.

With 44 of Berkeley County's 59 precincts reporting, according to incomplete, unofficial results as of presstime, Blair was leading 2,735 votes to 1,538, according to unofficial results. Not all of the county's precincts are within the 52nd District.

With two of Morgan County's three precincts in the district reporting, Blair was leading 536 votes to 373.

Delegates earn an annual salary of $15,000.

Roberts leads in 53rd

INWOOD, W.Va. - Nearly 500 votes separated the two candidates - Democrat Jerry Burton and Republican Vic Roberts - seeking the 53rd House of Delegates District seat, with Roberts leading.

With 47 of the county's 59 precincts reporting Tuesday, Roberts was leading Burton 2,260 votes to 1,778, according to incomplete, unofficial results at presstime.


The seat was held by longtime Republican Del. Larry Faircloth, who quit to run an unsuccessful campaign for governor.

The 53rd District covers southern Berkeley County, including Inwood, Pikeside, Glengary and Gerrardstown.

Both candidates ran on a platform of addressing growth in the county, including traffic congestion at the two intersections of U.S. 11 and W.Va. 51 in Inwood.

Tabb out front in 56th

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Incumbent Del. Bob Tabb, a Democrat who represents the 56th District, was trailing in Berkeley County but leading in Jefferson County in Tuesday's general election against Jim Whitacre, his Republican challenger, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

With 37 of Berkeley County's 59 precincts reporting, Whitacre, 42, of Pikeside in Berkeley County, a self-employed excavating contractor, had 1,226 votes to the 929 cast for Tabb, 52, a Jefferson County nursery owner.

In Jefferson County, Tabb had 1,569 votes to Whitacre's 692 votes with 25 of 29 precincts reporting, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

The two candidates faced off for the same seat two years ago.

Doyle ahead in 57th

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Del. John Doyle had a 231-vote lead over competitor Robert Murto Tuesday night in the race for the 57th District House of Delegates seat, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

With 15 of 29 precincts reporting in Jefferson County, Doyle had 2,390 votes compared to Murto's 2,159 votes, according to results at presstime.

Doyle, D-Jefferson, was seeking his seventh consecutive two-year term by going up against Murto, a Republican.

The job pays $15,000 a year.

Doyle had said he has been successful in pushing for better public education, health care and land-use programs and looked forward to continued success if elected.

Murto, 56, of 887 Cherry Run Road, Harpers Ferry, said previously he was running for the delegate seat because West Virginia is "first in all the bad issues and last in all the good issues."

Wysong in front in 58th

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Democrat Locke Wysong was leading Republican Suzanne Morgan in the race for the 58th District House of Delegates seat Tuesday night, according to incomplete, unofficial results as of presstime.

With 15 of 29 precincts reporting in Jefferson County, Wysong had 2,686 votes and Morgan had 2,332 votes, according to returns.

The 58th District House seat is held by Dale Manuel, but he decided against a re-election bid so he could run for a Jefferson County Commission seat.

The House of Delegates position has a two-year term and pays $15,000 a year.

Both Wysong and Morgan said economic development in Jefferson County and getting the local school system the resources it needs were priorities in their platforms.

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