- West Virginia is holding presidential and congressional primaries on June 9.
- The main race to watch is the Democratic primary for US Senate to face Sen. Shelley Moore Capito this fall.
- Polls in West Virginia closed at 7:30 p.m. ET. The state additionally mailed every voter an absentee ballot application due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden officially secured 1,991 delegates, the majority threshold requires to officially clinch the Democratic nomination before today’s elections. But he’ll expand his delegate lead with Tuesday’s primaries both in Georgia and West Virginia.
Biden became the presumptive nominee when Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last major opponent, dropped out of the race and ceased campaigning on April 8. Sanders is still staying on the ballot in the remaining states left to vote to earn delegates that will give his camp representation on key Democratic National Convention committees.
There’s also a competitive Democratic primary for US Senate, with 2018 US House candidate Richard Ojeda, 2018 US Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin, and former South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb competing to take on GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito this fall.
Ojeda, former West Virginia State Senator and military veteran, gained national attention with a number of viral ads he ran as part of his 2018 campaign for US House in West Virginia’s 3rd district. After losing to Republican Carol Miller by nearly 13 percentage points, Ojeda then launched a short-lived campaign for US president.
Swearengin, a progressive activist, also ran for office in 2018 in an unsuccessful primary challenge to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.
Robb, who served as the mayor of South Charleston for over four decades from 1975 to 2005, has the most political experience of the candidates running.
Whichever candidate prevails will have an uphill battle this fall. Capito’s seat is rated as safe Republican by both the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.