WV-01 INCUMBENT UPSET- Mollohan Out, Oliverio In.
Several sources are confirming the defeat of Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) in the West Virginia Democratic Primary to State Senator Michael Oliverio. Alan Mollohan was a 27 (roughly) year veteran incumbent who held the seat, and didn’t even face an opposition in his last election. This victory for Oliverio comes after a controversial healthcare vote cast by Mollohan. Oliverio opposes the current healthcare law, and many in the state also oppose it.
This from the fix blog:
West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his bid for a 15th term tonight at the hands of state Sen. Mike Oliverio, a defeat that further affirms the anti-incumbent sentiment coursing through the country.
Mollohan hadn’t faced a serious primary fight in more than a decade and was seen in some circles as unbeatable given that the 1st district seat had been in his family since 1968. (His father held it from 1968-1982 before handing it off to the son.)
But, Oliverio, who served a single term in the state House of Delegates before being elected to the state Senate in 1994, ran hard against Mollohan’s entrenched incumbent status and the lingering whiff of ethics problems that had dogged the Congressman for years.
Official from the Washington Post
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — W.Va. congressman Alan Mollohan defeated in Democratic primary; ends 28-year run in US House
A big day indeed for West Virginia politics.