Pro-life candidates fare extremely well in West Virginia primary

By Mary Anne Buchanan, West Virginians for Life Office Manager

Incumbent Rep. Carol Miller handily won renomination in the newly redistricted Congressional District 1. She carried 66% of the vote on Tuesday, May 10, in the West Virginia Primary. 

Two Congressional incumbents in David McKinley and Alex Mooney squared off against each other in the new Congressional District 2. Both were endorsed, but Mooney came out on top by a margin of 54-36%. 

“Congressman McKinley was instrumental in the passing of numerous pieces of pro-life legislation over his years in office, both on the state and national fronts,” said West Virginians for Life (WVFL) Political Liaison Karen Cross. “Many lives have been saved because of his steadfast commitment to the unborn. Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Of the 18 Senate races in which the West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee (WVL-PAC) made endorsements, only two races were lost, but one of the two winners, Jason Barrett in S16, is pro-life.

In 97 House of Delegates races where the WVL-PAC made endorsements, there were 13 losses, but ten of those 13 winning nominees are pro-life. WVFL thanks the following incumbents for their past pro-life support who will not be returning to the House in 2023: Roger Conley (H11), Shannon Kimes (H14), Johnnie Wamsley (H18), Chad Lovejoy (H27), Josh Booth (H28), Dianna Graves (H59), Danny Hamrick (H69), Guy Ward (H74), and Ruth Rowan (H89).

All in all, the rate of success of candidates endorsed by West Virginians for Life was 87%.  

“WVL-PAC is pleased with the election results overall. The PAC works to support pro-life candidates from both parties,” said Wanda Franz, Ph.D., President of West Virginians for Life PAC. “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 candidates in the general election in November.”