CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Bluefield State College instructor is leading the close Democratic primary in the 3rd Congressional District, but the margin he has over his competitors does not matter to him ahead of the statewide canvass.
When asked on MetroNews “Talkline” last week if he is the primary winner, Lacy Watson responded: “Yes, I am. Proud to say so.”
Watson holds a 427 vote advantage over second-place Hilary Turner, but Watson said he is confident he will remain in the lead.
“History teaches us that once that lead is grabbed and maintained, it usually turns out in favor of the person that they’ve declared the winner,” he said. “Based on history and based on statistics, I love my chances. That’s why I’m proud to say I pulled it off.”
Watson said he and Turner have talked since Tuesday, and candidate Paul Davis called Watson to congratulate him on his win.
Watson, if he wins the primary, will face off against Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., in the general election contest.
“I have more in common with a majority of working-class people than Carol Miller does, and that will be readily apparent in the discussions that we have as far as the debates that she would like to take part in or any discussions,” Watson said. “We can let the people see who we are and where we stand, and let that contrast be made.”
Miller is seeking a second term in office.