Sep 6, 2011- Rematch in W.Va.'s First Congressional District?

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Mike Oliverio wants a second chance to take West Virginia's first-district congressional seat.

Mike Oliverio (D) wants to take on Rep. David McKinley (R) again in West Virginia's first congressional district.

Oliverio announced his intention to run again in 2012 in a news release Tuesday morning.

Oliverio narrowly lost to McKinley in 2010, when Republicans made major gains in the House of Representatives. McKinley won with 50.4 percent of the vote, compared to Oliverio's 49.6 percent. The difference between the two candidates was 1,440 votes.

The district was represented by Democrat Alan Mollohan from 1983 to 2011. Mollohan lost the May 2010 primary to Oliverio.

Oliverio said in a statement, “Washington is broken, and Republicans like David McKinley are part of the problem. Since coming to power, McKinley and his friends have taken their eye off the number one priority in America - creating jobs. They have pushed a rigid partisan agenda that threatens our nation’s commitment to our seniors and future generations instead of focusing on putting people back to work. Rather than trying to end Medicare and jeopardize Social Security, the top priority of Washington politicians should be turning our economy around and creating jobs.

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