MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State Sen. John Unger on Tuesday night easily won a third term in the West Virginia Legislature, fending off what observers had predicted would be a stiff challenge from Berkeley County Republican Party leader Jerry Mays, according to unofficial results.
With all 59 precincts of the 16th Senatorial District tabulated in Berkeley County, Unger, 37, received 11,081 votes or 63.1 percent. With all of Jefferson County's 30 precincts counted, Unger received 8,260 votes.
Mays, 64, received 6,467 votes in Berkeley County or 36.8 percent. In Jefferson County, Mays received 4,090 votes.
Unger's win, means he would become the third-longest serving state senator to be elected from Berkeley County, assuming he completes the term. State Senators are paid $15,000 per year.
A federal government retiree, Mays, of 211 Sudley Lane, Martinsburg, had campaigned that he was the candidate who was "most representative" of the district's voters.