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Hampshire votes firm up Del. Cowles' win

November 07, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Del. Daryl E. Cowles, R-Morgan, received 1,279 votes from the five uncounted Hampshire County precincts in the 51st District in West Virginia's House of Delegates, cementing his Tuesday victory, according to complete but unofficial results.

Cowles finished with 5,103 votes to win his second two-year term.

"I am pleased with the numbers that came in, and I'm ready to go back to work," Cowles said Wednesday.

Mountain Party candidate Robin Mills of Rio, W.Va., received 926 votes from the Hampshire County precincts to increase his total to 1,655.

The votes were not counted until early Wednesday due to a malfunctioning ballot counter, according to Hampshire County Clerk Sharon Hott Link.

In other Morgan County races, Sheriff Ronnie McIntire will begin as Morgan County assessor in January after winning the seat by 398 votes from Democratic incumbent John Allen Swaim, according to complete, but unofficial, results from Tuesday's election.

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McIntire, 53, said he was eager to get started in his new position. "I want to jump right into the job and work hard for the people," he said.

The four-year term comes with a yearly salary of $43,890.

In December, McIntire will complete his second four-year term as Morgan County sheriff.

In the race for 15th District state senator, incumbent Clark Barnes held on to his seat by defeating former state senator Mike Ross, according to complete, but unofficial, results.

Barnes, a Republican, received 24,805 votes (56 percent) to 19,534 for Ross.

The sprawling 15th District includes parts or all of nine counties, including all of Morgan and a small portion of Berkeley. Walt Helmick is the other 15th District senator. He was not up for re-election this year.

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