Incumbents Mooney and Miller win re-election to Congress

West Virginia’s two congressional districts will be represented by incumbent Republicans Alex Mooney and Carol Miller.

With almost all precincts reporting in the 1st Congressional District, Miller was ahead with 67 percent of the vote.

And with almost all precincts reporting in the 2nd Congressional District, Mooney was ahead with 65 percent of the vote.

MetroNews election analysts called the races for Mooney and Miller. The Associated Press also called the races for Mooney and Miller based on early returns.

“It’s an honor,” Mooney said during MetroNews’ coverage of Election Night.

Mooney faced former Morgantown councilman Barry Wendell, a Democrat.

Miller was challenged by Democrat Lacy Watson of Bluefield.

The incumbent representatives were competing in regions that changed significantly because of the redistricting process that occurs every 10 years.

West Virginia lost one of its three congressional seats, and the Legislature wound up splitting the two remaining districts generally north-south.

Mooney won a Primary Election contest against fellow incumbent David McKinley, also a Republican, to represent the northern counties of West Virginia.

This is Mooney’s fifth elected term in Congress.

Mooney first assumed office representing West Virginia in Congress in 2015. Before that, Mooney served in the Maryland state Senate from 1999 to 2010. Mooney was the chairman of Maryland’s Republican Party from 2010 through 2013.

Mooney still has an ethics challenge ahead in Congress. The Office of Congressional Ethics has forwarded two reports focused on Mooney’s use of campaign finances and public resources to the House Ethics Committee.

Although Mooney has been on the ballot again for Congress, much of the talk about his political aspirations has focused on the U.S. Senate, where the seat held by incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin will be up in 2024.

Miller has now cruised to her third term, now representing a larger geographical district that includes the areas surrounding Charleston for the first time.

The former state delegate first assumed congressional office in 2019. Miller has also worked in real estate and owns a bison farm.

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