County Casts Votes
Wetzel County’s voters were in line with the state’s electorate as they favored Democrat Governor Joe Manchin III, 2,816, to Republican John R. Raese, 1,873, in the U.S. Senate formerly held by the late Robert C. Byrd. Wetzel countians also cast 77 votes for Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson and 68 votes for Constitution Party candidate Jeff Becker.
Wetzel County showed a small divide between their favor in the race for the first congressional district of the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrat Mike Oliverio took in 2,318 of the votes, while Republican David B. McKinley received 2,315. At press time statewide results showed those two candidates approximately even.
In the only other opposed races on the ballot for Wetzel County voters, Democrat Thomas E. McHugh garnered 2,326 of the county’s votes as Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals while Republican John Yoder followed with 1,915. However, Wetzel County favored with Republican William Roger Romine as 6th Delegate District Member of the House of Delegates with 152 votes while the county returned 103 nods to Democrat opponent Charlie Delauder.
Meanwhile local incumbents ran unopposed, retaining their seats in the local offices. Senator Larry J. Edgell earned 3,834 of the county’s vote and Delegate Dave Pethtel garnered 3,583. Circuit Clerk Sharon Maxine Yoho Dulaney received 3,817 votes, County Commissioner Don Mason won 3,874 nods from voters, and County Clerk Carol Marshall Haught took home 4,011 votes.
Wetzel County had a 41 percent turnout of registered voters.