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West Virginia Governor to Switch from Democrat to Republican

Photo Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia in January. Mr. Justice, a coal and realty mogul, ran as a conservative Democrat and declined to back Hillary Clinton in 2016. Credit Walter Scriptunas II/Associated Press WASHINGTON– Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia, a Democrat who was chosen in 2015 even as President Trump brought the state by 42 points, is expected to reveal

Thursday night at a rally with Mr. Trump that he is altering celebrations, according to 3 sources familiar with the plans.Speaking to reporters in the White Home Thursday, Mr. Trump promised “a huge announcement” at an event in Huntington, W.V., that is anticipated to draw countless fans from throughout Appalachia, a region that gave Mr. Trump some of the biggest margins of his election.Mr.

Justice, a billionaire coal and realty magnate, ran as a conservative Democrat and declined to endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016. But even as West Virginia has actually ended up being a reliable Republican state in governmental elections and even more down the ballot, a handful of Democrats have still been able to win office.Mr.

Justice, though, is said to have friendly relationships with some members of Mr. Trump’s family. And before entering politics he provided cash to officeholders in both parties while otherwise signing up as a Republican politician, Democrat and independent.Continue reading the primary story

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