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Doyle takes the lead in 57th District race

November 08, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, had a healthy lead over Republican Robert Murto Tuesday night in the race for the 57th House of Delegates seat in West Virginia.

With 14 of 30 precincts reporting, Doyle had 889 votes compared to Murto's 502 votes, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

Murto, 58, of 887 Cherry Run Road in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., said he was frustrated by the state's poor business climate, a problem illustrated by West Virginia's ranking in 49th place in terms of its business climate by Forbes magazine.

Doyle, 64, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., said Murto is right about a lot of the problems facing West Virginia, but the Republican failed to recognize the progress that has been made, such as significant improvements in the state's unemployment rate, increasing the college-going rate among high school seniors and the Legislature's work to improve workers' compensation. program and put it in its best financial condition in 30 years.

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Doyle is a talk-show host and also works in real estate.

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