Wetzel Voters Follow State
Wetzel County voters followed the state outcome in Saturday’s special primary election to decide who would face off in the general for U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd’s seat.
Democrat Joe Manchin, current West Virginia Governor; Republican John Raese, a Morgantown businessman; and the Mountain Party’s Jesse Johnson received statewide and countywide support.
Manchin received 1,008 votes, or 79.62 percent, of Wetzel County’s Democratic vote. His opponents, Ken Hechler and Sheirl Fletcher, received 157 and 101 votes, respectively.
In Wetzel County Raese garnered 308 ballots or 57.57 percent of the Republican vote, Mac Warner, 169; Scott Williams, five; Kenneth Culp, nine; Harry Bruner, six; Thomas Ressler, 17; Lynette McQuain, nine; Frank Kubic, two; Daniel Rebich, seven, and Albert Howard, three.
Jesse Johnson of the Mountain Party collected three ballots from Wetzel County voters.
The voter turnout in Wetzel County was 14.96 percent, compared to a statewide voter turnout of 12 percent according to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. About 30 percent of Wetzel County’s ballots were cast during early voting.