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Candidate Filing Begins In West Virginia

Monday marked the beginning of the candidate filing period in West Virginia, where the state’s three U.S. House members and their challengers have until Jan. 30 to qualify for the May 11 primary ballot.

CQ Politics at the moment doesn’t consider any of the three races as competitive, but one could very well develop in the northern 1st district, where several Republican challengers will be targeting the voting record and ethics of 14-term Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, who has won his re-election campaigns by big margins.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has praised the candidacy of David McKinley, an engineer and former state House member who announced his candidacy last week. Sarah Minear, a former state senator, also is said to be weighing a campaign.

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