CHARLESTON — A prominent voice during the nine-day teacher walkout earlier this year, Richard Ojeda overwhelmingly won the Democratic primary in the race for the Third Congressional District and will face off against House Majority Whip Carol Miller in the November General Election.
Although Ojeda’s race was called relatively early in the night, the Republican race remained up in the air. The race itself was a crowded one with seven Republicans and four Democrats vying for the seat. Ojeda received 29,411 votes and Miller received 8,358.
Early in the night, Beckley physician Ayne Amjad initially led. Then delegates Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, and Rupie Phillips, R-Logan, were neck-and-neck for much of the night.
The race later became a duel between Phillips and Miller, and at one point, only 100 votes separated them. Miller, a Republican delegate from Cabell County, ultimately pulled ahead with the AP declaring her as the winner with 23 percent of the vote.
“I am incredibly humbled by the results of tonight’s election and ready to get to work for the people of southern West Virginia,” Miller said