At a presidential rally featuring Mr. Trump, West Virginia Democratic Gov. Jim Justice announced that he is switching to the Republican Party. Mr. Justice, the state’s richest individual who made a fortune in the coal and hotel industries, ran as a conservative in the 2016 open election and defeated state Senate President Bill Cole (R), 49-42%. Gov. Justice becoming a Republican drops the Democrats to holding a record low 15 state chief executive positions, while the GOP now increases to 34. Alaska’s Bill Walker is the nation’s lone Independent Governor.
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