UPDATE: Kanawha Canvass Shows No Change in 35th District Race

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/14/12 @ 11 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The canvass in Kanawha County finally ended Wednesday morning with no change to the House of Delegates 35th Delegate District.

The commission completed the canvass at 10:07 a.m. after the group reviewed 1,100 provisional ballots. The canvass also included the hand-count of 5-percent of the precincts, which is eight precincts for Kanawha County.

According to a news release, the margin of victory for the unofficial results changed by 41 votes in the 35th Delegate District.

On election night it appeared Republican John McCuskey beat incumbent Delegate Bobbie Hatfield by 64 votes, but the number shrunk during the canvass.

"The Kanawha County Commission and the Honorable Vera McCormick did there very best to follow the law and count all provisional ballots that could be counted based on State Code," proclaimed Commissioner Kent Carper.

Under state code, the commission will now have to certify the results within 48 hours after the declaration. No date has been set.

"The County owes a great deal of thanks to the poll-workers and county employees who in some cases have worked more than 14 hour straight, with little or no break, Carper said. "Clerk's Office did an outstanding job preparing all provisional ballots and documents for the Canvass. We completed the full canvass and the staff of the County should be commended for their hard-work throughout the entire day."

No word if Hatfield will request a recount.

UPDATE 11/12312 @ 10 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia officials are on course to settle two close legislative races from last week's voting.

The canvass of the general election began Tuesday. Officials in the 55 counties are checking their results and reviewing provisional ballots.

Kanawha County has about 1,100 such ballots. Several were cast in the House of Delegates race where Republican John McCuskey appeared to unseat Delegate Bobbie Hatfield by 64 votes.

Kanawha officials expect to complete their canvass late Tuesday.

Just 74 ballots separated Republican Mike Folk in his win over Democrat Donn Marshall for a Berkeley County House seat. That county's canvass includes around 125 provisional ballots.

Once the final county finishes its canvass, candidates have 48 hours to request recounts. County commissions must then sign off on election results before they're certified.

UPDATE 11/12/12 @ 2:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All of the ballots cast in Kanawha County last week will be canvassed Tuesday and it could make a difference.

In the 35th District Republican newcomer John McCuskey edged out democrat incumbents Bobbie Hatfield and Bonnie Brown.

Right now, McCuskey has 64 more votes than Hatfield and 235 more votes than Brown.

According to county leaders, there are 1,300 provisional ballots that have not been counted so there is a chance the outcome of the race could change.

Provisional ballots aren't counted until the canvass.

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It was a night of new faces elected in Kanawha County and the House of Delegates 35th Delegate District has two new members.

Doug Skaff, Suzette Raines, Eric Nelson and John McCuskey won the race, ousting incumbents Barbara Hatfield and Bonnie Brown.

The race was neck and neck all night. McCuskey secured the final seat by 64 votes.

WSAZ.com caught up with Raines who said education reform and students needs are one of her top priorities.

"We spend $3.5 billion on education reform annually in our budget. Why are those education dollars not making it to the classrooms? Why do I speak to teachers who are waiting a $30 light bulb to use a smart board in their classroom. We need to look at those layers of bureaucracy that we're able to cut at the state level and allow teachers to be able to do their job," she said.

Another close race in Kanawha County involved the 8th Senatorial District. In the end, Republican Chris Walters defeated Democrat Joshua Martin with 53% of the vote.

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