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Beckwith bests Louk; incumbents top Isner

May 9, 2012
By Brad Johnson - Senior Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Tuesday's primary featured two close races involving Randolph County candidates, with Margaret Kerr Beckwith edging out Paul "P.J." Louk for the Democratic nomination for the 11th Senatorial District, and incumbents Denise Campbell and Bill Hartman holding off challenger Phil Isner for the Democratic nominations for the two 43rd Delegate District seats.

Campbell, of Elkins, received the most votes among Democrats in the 43rd District race, garnering 3,154 votes in Randolph County and 1,093 in Pocahontas, for a total of 4,247.

Isner, of Elkins, edged out Hartman, also of Elkins, in Randolph County, with Isner receiving 2,358 votes to Hartman's 2,252.

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In Pocahontas County, however, Hartman received 981 votes to Isner's 387, giving Hartman a total of 3,233 votes to Isner's 2,745.

After the results were announced Tuesday at the Randolph County Courthouse, Campbell said, "I want to say a big thank-you to all my family that have supported me, and all my friends and all the citizens of Randolph County. The support is just overwhelming and I appreciate the confidence that they have in me. I promise to continue to work hard and only represent the interests of the citizens of Randolph and Pocahontas counties."

Hartman told The Inter-Mountain, "I just want to thank everybody. I don't tell everybody what they want to hear all the time and that makes some people unhappy, but I think we need somebody that worries about the common good instead of satisfying all the special interests."

Isner said, "I want to thank all the people who supported me in Randolph County. It's a big thrill to win your home county."

In November, Campbell and Hartman will face off with challenger Donna Auvil, who ran unopposed on the Republican ticket. Auvil received 1,137 votes in Randolph County and 620 in Pocahontas, for a total of 1,757.

In the 11th Senatorial District race in Randolph County, Louk, of Mill Creek, topped Beckwith, of Elkins. He received 2,154 votes to Beckwith's 2,115. In Pocahontas County, however, Beckwith tallied 946 votes to Louk's 459.

Overall, Beckwith opened up a bigger lead throughout the entire 11th District, receiving a total of 6,938 votes to Louk's 4,946.

On the Republican side, incumbent Clark Barnes received 1,232 votes in Randolph County and 775 in Pocahontas. All told, Barnes received 7.023 votes throughout the 11th District. Barnes and Beckwith will square off in November's general election.

In the 44th Delegate District race, on the Republican side in Randolph County, Robert Karnes, of Buckhannon, received 26 votes, while Duane Borchers Sr., of Craigsville, received two votes. Throughout the 44th District, Karnes received 479 votes to Borchers' 325.

In November, Karnes will face Democrat Dana L. Lynch, of Webster Springs. On the Democrat side in Randolph, Sue Blake Anderson, of Craigsville, received 13 votes, while Joe Talbott, of Webster Springs, received 11 votes and Lynch received 8.

Throughout the 44th District, Lynch received 1,314 votes, Talbott garnered 1,157 and Andersen earned 983.

In the 47th Delegate District race, incumbent Mary Poling won the Democratic nomination in Barbour County with 1,156 votes. No other Democrats ran for the seat.

"I will put my campaign and plan together, and continue attending events," Poling said after learning of the results.

In the November general election, Poling will face Republican John R. Rose, Sr., the only Republican seeking the seat, who received 1,186 votes.

In the District 14 Senatorial race, Democrat Bob Williams, who is running unopposed, garnered 1,497 votes in Barbour County and 42 votes in Tucker County. Throughout the 14th District, Williams totaled 6,247 votes.

In the 53rd Delegate District race, incumbent Stan Shaver, the only Democrat seeking the office, received 58 votes in Tucker County and 91 votes in Preston County.

The only Republican seeking the seat, Randy E. Smith, receive 21 votes in Tucker County and 89 votes in Preston County.

- The Inter-Mountain staff writers Joe Hoover and Melissa Toothman contributed to this article.



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