When Gov. Jim Justice (R) appointed businessman Woody Thrasher to be his Commerce Department Secretary, he didn’t figure that a member of his Cabinet would return to oppose him in the 2020 election. But, this is about to happen. Next week, Mr. Thrasher is expected to announce his Republican primary gubernatorial challenge to Gov. Justice.
In 2016, Mr. Justice was elected as a Democrat, but then changed parties less than a year into his Governorship. Therefore, as he seeks re-election, this will be the first time he appears before an exclusively non-Democratic electorate. Mr. Thrasher’s entry in the race will make this primary, a contest that also features former state Delegate Mike Folk (R), a campaign to watch. The Governor’s race is expected to dominate West Virginia politics in next year’s election.
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