Some West Virginia state Democrats flip to GOP for midterms

CHARLESTON (AP) — As Republicans rally for more control in West Virginia, some Democrats jumped ship and are running as Republicans against former colleagues.

The most notable convert is state Sen. Evan Jenkins, who ditched the Democrats to challenge Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall. Rahall beat another Democrat-turned-Republican in 2010.

In August, Mike Queen turned Republican for a Senate run after serving as a Democratic House delegate two decades ago. He faces the winner of the Democratic primary.

Clarksburg councilwoman Margaret Bailey switched to run in a crowded Harrison House race. Del. Ryan Ferns also went to the GOP to face Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons.

In the state House of Delegates, a four-seat swing in the midterms would put the GOP in power for the first time in 85 years.

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