CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP & WSAZ) -- Former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman Nick Casey has won his party's nomination in the 2nd congressional district, easily defeating challenger Meshea Poore.
Early, unofficial returns show Casey ahead by 16 percentage points. Casey far outspent Poore, who was trying to become the first black from West Virginia elected to the House.
Casey wants to focus on improving roads and promoting coal, natural gas and other energy resources to bring jobs to the state and keep young adults from heading out-of-state.
He led the state party from 2004 until 2010 and served as a legislative lobbyist for decades.
Poore is in her third term as a member of the state House of Delegates.
Both Casey and Poore are attorneys.
Casey commended Poore for "running a positive and issue-oriented campaign."
In a prepared release, Casey went on to say, "West Virginians have already heard the tired old Washington political fights during the last two elections, and they’ve rejected the negativity and the untrue personal attacks. They’ll have the chance to send the same message again this year by sending another good West Virginia Democrat to Washington to fight for our state alongside Senator Manchin."