Hamilton takes 11th District seat

The Inter-Mountain photo by Kristi Groves Carl ‘Robbie’ Martin, left, smiles with Bill Hamilton at the Upshur County Courthouse in Buckhannon Tuesday night. Martin was elected to fill the seat Hamilton is vacating.

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon’s Bill Hamilton won the 11th Senatorial District seat Tuesday, while voters chose Carl “Robbie” Martin as his replacement for the 45th Delegate District seat he is vacating.

Hamilton, a Republican, defeated Democrat Laura Finch, of Hillsboro, soundly on Tuesday, earning 23,534 votes, or 70 percent, throughout the district, while Finch tallied 9,872, or 30 percent.

Hamilton defeated incumbent Robert Karnes, from Upshur, in the Republican primary in May. The 45th District includes parts of Grant, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties.

In Upshur County, Hamilton received 6,177 votes, or 82.83 percent, to Finch’s 1,270, or 17.03 percent.

Martin, a Republican from Buckhannon, defeated Democrat Mathew Kerner for the 45th Delegate District seat Hamilton is leaving. Martin took 3,979 votes, or 68 percent, while Kerner received 1,893, or 32 percent.

District 45 is contained within Upshur County.

Other voting results in Upshur included:

Republican Kristie Gale Tenney, from Buckhannon, was selected for the Upshur County Commission, winning 6,065 votes, or 83.46 percent.

Kevin Campbell, no party affiliation, from Adrian, received 1,178 votes, or 16.21 percent.

In the race for an unexpired term as Upshur County Clerk, Carol J. Smith, a Republican from Buckhannon, defeated Yvette Snyder Squires, a Democrat from Buckhannon.

Smith garnered 5,577 votes, or 74.94 percent, while Squires totalled 1,863, or 25.03 percent.

In the 44th Delegate District race, Republican Caleb Hanna of Fenwick won the seat, earning 3,023 votes overall, including 502 in Upshur County. Democrat incumbent Dana Lynch of Webster Springs earned 1,789 votes overall, with 274 coming from Upshur. The Mountaineer Party’s Barbara Daniels of Richwood totaled 201 votes, including 37 in Upshur.

The 44th District includes parts of Nicholas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties.

In the 46th Delegate District race, incumbent Republican Patrick Martin won re-election with 2,572 vote throughout the district, including 565 in Upshur, while Democrat challenger Robert L. “Bob” Stultz earned 1,641 votes overall, with 215 in Upshur.

In the 2nd Congressional District race, Upshur supported Republican incumbent Alex Mooney, of Charles Town, with 4,590 votes, while Democrat challenger Talley Sergent, of Charleston, earned 2,602 votes in the county.

Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey had solid support in Upshur, tallying 3,996 votes in the county in the U.S. senatorial race, while incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin earned 3,087.

Upshur voted in favor of Amendment 1, with 4,193 “yes” votes against 3,238 “no” votes.

Amendment 2 was overwhelmingly supported by Upshur, with 5,234 votes in favor and 1,742 votes against.

Voter turnout in Upshur County was at 56.81 percent for the general election, with 7.648 of the 13,462 registered voters casting ballots.