West Virginia Senate: Manchin Gets a Primary Challenger

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Former West Virginia Secretary of State Ken Hechler, a “nonagenarian Democrat who has held office in the state on and off since 1958, has filed to run in his party’s Senate primary against Gov. Joe Manchin,” POLITICO reports.

The West Virginia secretary of state’s office confirmed that Hechler filed the appropriate paperwork by fax and paid the $1,740 fee to enter the special election race for the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s seat.

At 95, Hechler is three years old than Byrd was at the time of his death on June 28.

West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said he had no advance notice of Hechler’s intention to run. “The Democrat Party will be neutral through the primary and we will support our candidate that is the nominee,” said Puccio, a former aide to Manchin.

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