Shelley Moore Capito is running away with her race for US Senate. David McKinley has not seen any serious challenge. Alex Mooney maintains a double digit lead in his race. Evan Jenkins has the momentum against his opponent and is nearly statistically tied. House Republicans anticipate taking over chamber leadership next year.
Republicans have ascended in West Virginia. The only question now is whether the state will remain a two party or transform into a Republican dominated system by 2016.
A recent Gallup Poll shows that 36 percent of West Virginians see their state as one of the best to live in, well below the national average of 46 percent. Nearly three-fourths would prefer to remain in state, much higher than the national average of nearly two-thirds.
Part of this comes from better government. By necessity, state Democrats have had to (for the most part) adopt a quasi-Republican plan of governance. Don't raise taxes, cut spending, reduce obligations. Had they followed the bigger government ideals of their predecessors, voters would have switched parties long ago.
One way to interpret this is that people in the state have hope for the future. Despite 80 years of Democratic policies that have prevented prosperity, despite the federal government's assaults on coal, farming, and other ways that West Virginians can better themselves, people want to stay.
West Virginia Republicans have ideas that are proven to bring more investment and jobs to the state. Those running for the House of Representatives and Senate have vowed to roll back bad regulations that hurt the Mountain State.
Residents want to stay. They are no longer satisfied with the same old leaders. What is coming next makes them want to stay.