CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Those with the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee and the Republican State Leadership Committee are including legislative races for West Virginia’s Senate and House of Delegates in their top tier nationally ahead of the November General Election.

Matt Walter, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said that means they see the potential for control of both the West Virginia Senate and West Virginia House to flip to Republicans — possibly as soon as this year.

Currently, Democrats outnumber Republicans 53-47 in the state House and 24-10 in the state Senate.

“We want to come in and make sure that we are helping echo that message that we’re hearing coast to coast, that Republican policies make more sense for folks in states and will move their states in the right direction,” Walter said.

He admitted a leadership change in the West Virginia House is more likely in November than a change in the Senate.

However, “A lot of states are looking around at their Republican neighbors and Republican counterparts and seeing things move in the right direction,” Walter argued. “If that momentum continues to build and (President Barack) Obama remains in the mid-20s in approval ratings, as he has been in West Virginia, that momentum gets big enough that the Senate does become in play this year.”

Across the country, Walter said Republicans have control of 60 of the 99 total state legislative chambers. On Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” Walter said West Virginia could help add to those numbers.

“The bulk of our resources go to making sure that, if we’ve got an opportunity to change the direction of a state by flipping a chamber or another statewide race, or to maintain folks that are heading in the right direction, that’s where the focus and the bulk of the resources will go,” he said.

At this point, Walter said the RLCC has not finalized spending plans for legislative races heading into the fall.

Those decisions could be made, later this week, at the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee’s National Meeting in Colorado Springs, Co. More than 90 Republican leaders from all 50 states and Puerto Rico will be part of that event.

The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee was formed in 2003 with the sole purpose of electing more Republicans to state legislatures. The Republican State Leadership Committee is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country with a mission of electing more state-level Republican officeholders.

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  • Mike

    As long as the takers continue to take what the left gives them for not working the left will continue to in control.Those that don't want to work and live off the sweat of the workers will always vote for the left. WV has way to many lazy,why should I work voters. Unless the law changes and the freebies are stopped WV will never rise above being a welfare state. When you continue to be a enabler people will never work. There are 3rd and 4th generations of people with no work ethic. They have lived on the dole as have all their family members.

    • RogerD

      There will soon come a time when the job creators and those with resources will pack up and leave for an overseas location, not unlike Manchin's daughter, Heather Bresch, with the Mylan Corporation.

  • CaptainQ

    It's NOW or NEVER for the WV GOP. The lingering 'shadow of Obama' will not last forever. If WV Republicans can't win majorities in the State House & Senate in 2014, they never will.

  • George

    The Dems must go,,,,,,,,enough is enough.........

  • Better Things To Do

    Both sides are crooks. Do not waste your time voting. Corporation own both parties. Give it up.

    • Mike

      Better Things To Do, You are the problem. There are a state full of takers just like you. That is one reason WV is in the shape we are in. People like you just set back and wait on your free check,free phone,free housing and who knows what else you get for doing nothing. Now run down to the store and get your beer and smokes. You have nothing else to do.

    • Wowbagger

      Your attitude clearly shows that you are part of the problem!

  • Hopeful

    I hope the people of this state will use this election to put more competent people in the legislature - regardless of party. I follow the legislature pretty closely and there are too many hacks on both sides of the aisle. Use the time before the election to find out about candidates and vote for the one who will conscientiously work to better West Virginia - regardless of their affiliation.