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Blair the winner in 52nd District

November 05, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Del. Craig Blair fended off a challenge from Democratic Party nominee Mike Roberts to win a fourth term in the West Virginia House of Delegates Tuesday night, according to complete but unofficial results released by Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office.

With all precincts counted in the 52nd delegate district in Morgan and Berkeley counties, Blair, 49, received 4,972 votes or 54.7 percent and Roberts, 57, received 4,103 votes or 45.2 percent, according to Small's office.

Elected to two-year terms, delegates in the 100-member House will receive a $20,000 annual salary beginning in January, when they take office as part of the 79th Legislature.

In the campaign, Blair disputed Roberts' claim that he was a partisan Republican.

"The real truth of the matter is I do reach across party lines all the time," Blair said in a pre-election interview. "The privilege tax being turned into a sales tax is a prime example of that where the Governor's office and legislative leadership actually took my bill and amended into their bill..."

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Roberts was the Democratic Party's only hope to unseat any of the county's four incumbent Republican House members. Democrat Del. Bob Tabb, whose district includes portions of Jefferson and Berkeley counties, also was not opposed.

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