Gov. Jim Justice, who was elected in 2016 as a Democrat but has since changed parties, looks to be facing his first Republican primary. Former state Delegate Mike Folk (R-Berkeley County) announced that he will challenge the Governor in next year’s Republican primary. Because Mr. Justice has never run on the Republican ballot, he could potentially become vulnerable in a GOP primary. Whether Mr. Folk has the political wherewithal to upset Gov. Justice or becomes a stalking horse for another candidate is a subject of conjecture.
In any event, this situation monitors attention until at least the candidate field is established. The West Virginia candidate filing deadline will be scheduled for next January, and the state primary in May of 2020.
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