It was truly an historic election last night, not only in West Virginia, but across the country. As polling places in the Mountain State were closing, Fox News announced pro-life West Virginia Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito’s was the projected winner to fill the U.S. senate seat left vacant by the retirement of pro-abortion Senator Jay Rockefeller.
Her confirmed 62%-34% victory followed in short order. Senator-elect Capito becomes the first woman senator ever from West Virginia.
A second historic event occurred as pro-life state Senator Evan Jenkins was able to beat Rep. Nick Rahall (an incumbent since 1977) in the 3rd Congressional District, by 10 percentage points.
Alex Mooney won the seat vacated by Capito in the 2nd Congressional District and Rep. David McKinley held his seat in the 1st Congressional District. This completing the pro-life sweep of the entire slate of federal candidates, all of whom were endorsed by West Virginians for Life PAC (WVL PAC).
Among statewide races, WVL PAC enjoyed an overall 72% success rate in the state senate and the House of Delegates.
Of the 17 West Virginia state Senate races in which endorsements were made, 10 won. The good news is that of the seven West Virginians for Life PAC losses, at least four were to candidates who are also pro-life. This means of the 34 state senators, a total of 27 now support pro-life policies.
WVL PAC can report a 74% winning percentage in the House of Delegates.
However, of the 24 WVL PAC losses, at least nine of those who won were also pro-life. Translated, this means nearly 4/5ths of the state house will be pro-life when the next legislative session begins in January.
Of historical significance, the West Virginia House has not seen a Republican majority since the 1930s. The results of the November elections are 64 Republicans and 36 Democrats.
“West Virginians for Life PAC is non-partisan and works to support pro-life candidates from both parties,” said Wanda Franz, Ph.D., President of WVL PAC. “The overwhelming Republican successes in this election are, in part, due to voters’ desire to elect legislators at both the federal and state levels who reflect their values regarding the dignity of human life.”
She concluded, “West Virginians for Life looks forward to seeing increased support for pro-life legislation in next year’s West Virginia legislative session.”