W.Va.: McGraw holds off challenge

Incumbent West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw (see Sept. 4) withstood a stiff challenge in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. The race was one of the more expensive in state history, with plaintiff’s lawyers and labor unions backing McGraw and business groups heavily supporting challenger Jim Rowe, who won the endorsement of both Charleston papers. McGraw must still face Republican Brent Benjamin in November. (Toby Coleman, “McGraw defeats challenger”, Charleston Daily Mail, May 12; Scott Wartman, “Some say Justice race most important”, Huntington Herald-Dispatch, May 5).

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