MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- John Unger scored a convincing victory Tuesday night against challenger Pat Murphy to secure the Democratic Party's nomination for a fourth term in the state Senate, according to unofficial results.
With all 91 precincts in the 16th district reporting, Unger received about 69 percent of the vote and Murphy, 62, received 31 percent, according to tallies compiled from the county clerks in Berkeley and Jefferson counties.
The senatorial district includes 59 of 66 precincts in Berkeley County and all 32 precincts in neighboring Jefferson County.
In Berkeley County, Unger received 2,309 votes or 64 percent and Murphy received 1,276 votes or 35 percent. In Jefferson County, Unger received 2,173 votes or 75 percent and Murphy received 728 votes or 25 percent.
With the apparent victory in hand, Unger will face Republican Del. Craig Blair in the Nov. 2 general election. State Senators are paid $20,000 per year.