It was truly an historic election as Donald Trump did the seemingly impossible in an upset victory over extreme pro-abortion candidate Hillary Clinton. The impressive electoral college margin was 279-228.
Many pro-life victories occurred in West Virginia as well. All three congressional incumbents retained their seats.
In the 1st Congressional District, David McKinley defeated his opponent by a margin of 69-31%. Alex Mooney won in the 2nd Congressional District by 39,602 votes and in the 3rd Congressional District, Evan Jenkins won a second term by 45 percentage points.
This completed a pro-life sweep of the entire slate of federal candidates, all of whom were endorsed by West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee (WVL-PAC).
In the six statewide races, the WVL-PAC enjoyed an 83% success rate. Patrick Morrisey won re-election to the Attorney General office ensuring that pro-life legislation will be defended if challenged. Mac Warner narrowly upset pro-abortion incumbent Natalie Tennant by a margin of 49-47% for Secretary of State. John McCuskey will be the new State Auditor.
Of the 18 Senate races in which endorsements were made (including an unexpired term in the 3rd District), 13 were winners. Of the five WVL-PAC losses, two of those winners claim to be pro-life.
This means that 15 newly elected or re-elected pro-life state senators will join the already 10 pro-life senators–a total of 25 out of 34 senators, who support pro-life policies. The possibility exists for a 26th pro-life senator as the Republican party will need to appoint a delegate to take the place of Kent Leonhardt, who won the Agriculture Commissioner race. (See overview of state Senate pro-life wins below).
WVL-PAC can report a 73% winning percentage in the House of Delegates. Seventy-two of the 99 pro-life candidates endorsed, won their races. Of the 27 WVL-PAC losses, at least eight winners are also pro-life. Eighty of 100 members of the State House will be pro-life as the next legislative session begins in February 2017, seven of whom are freshmen. (See overview of West Virginia House pro-life victories below).
“WVL-PAC is non-partisan and works to support pro-life candidates from both parties,” said Wanda Franz, Ph.D., PAC president. “The overwhelming pro-life 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 each human life.
“West Virginians for Life looks forward to seeing increased support for pro-life legislation in next year’s West Virginia legislative session.”