Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall easily won a 16th term, defeating Cabell County Sheriff Kim Wolfe overwhelmingly. Late election returns showed Rahall with 69% of the vote -- the largest margin of victory for an incumbent Congressman in this election in West Virginia.
"I'm very humbled by the strong support across the district tonight," Rahall said.
Rahall, who has represented the Third District since 1977, raised more than half a (m) million dollars in the campaign. That's more than ten times what his Republican challenger raised.
Rahall told NewsChannel 3 he spoke with Wolfe late Tuesday.
"I offered to continue to work with him, especially on some drug issues we have in Cabell County and across Southern West Virginia," Rahall said.
Wolfe admitted he faced a tall order in taking on Rahall, who has built a reputation by bringing federal dollars to the state.
The Nick J- Rahall the Second Bridge and the Nick J- Rahall the Second Appalachian Transportation Institute, both in Huntington, are just the beginning of a long list of structures named for the congressman.