With 57% of precincts reporting, the Associated Press has declared Alex Mooney the winner in the Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District in West Virginia. Mooney has 33% of the vote currently with 7,531 votes. His nearest opponent, Ken Reed, is at 20% with 4,589 votes. Charlotte Lane is at 20% also, with 4,474 votes. I’ll save my rant against states that don’t have primary runoffs for another time – I’ve made it about Maryland plenty of times before. The number of candidates running in this race made it tough for anyone to catch Mooney with the vote split so many ways. As of the time of the race being called, Reed and Lane combined had more total votes than Mooney.
Mooney, former Maryland State Senator and MD GOP Chairman, won with the endorsements of and legitimate independent expenditures by outside Tea Party groups and others, but the voters of the district chose him based on that support, as is their right. The establishment in West Virginia was critical of him as a carpetbagger but it appears that didn’t matter for enough voters in the primary. Ahead of the primary, some Republican expressed fears that they would have trouble retaining the seat in November if Mooney won and at least one elected official said he would vote for the Democrat if Mooney won. This seat should be an easy win for Mooney in the fall, but it will take some mending of fences by both sides.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.