CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango has won the Democratic nomination for governor of West Virginia. Salango’s victory in Tuesday’s primary sets him up for a November showdown with coal billionaire and incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Justice.
Salango narrowly defeated progressive community organizer Stephen Smith to win the Democratic nomination. Justice trounced Woody Thrasher, former state lawmaker Mike Folk and others to win the GOP nomination.