Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 13, 2012

Canvass confirms W.Va. House race win

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — West Virginia officials are on course to settle two close legislative races from last week’s voting.

The canvass of the general election began Tuesday. Officials in the 55 counties are checking their results and reviewing provisional ballots.

Kanawha County’s review affirmed the close victory by Republican John McCuskey over Delegate Bobbie Hatfield. The Democrat lost her House of Delegates seat by 41 votes.

Just 74 ballots separated Republican Mike Folk in his win over Democrat Donn Marshall for a Berkeley County House seat. That county’s canvass includes around 125 provisional ballots.

Once the final county finishes its canvass, candidates have 48 hours to request recounts. County commissions must then sign off on election results before they’re certified.