By Matthew Young, RealWV
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. – W.Va. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, on Tuesday, officially kicked off his bid for the governor’s office in 2024.
Speaking as part of an event in Harpers Ferry, Morrisey said, “I come before you with a very clear purpose: I am seeking the Republican nomination for governor of West Virginia.”
While Morrisey’s announcement comes as little surprise to most, it does put an end to speculation surrounding a possible senatorial-rematch with West Virginia’s incumbent Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin. While Morrisey collected 47% of the vote in his 2018-bid for the senate seat, he was ultimately defeated by Manchin. Morrisey is now the ninth Republican to officially declare their candidacy for nomination as governor.
Also seeking the Republican nomination are W.Va. State Auditor JB McCuskey, Rashida Yost, Terri Bradshaw, Edwin Vanover, Del. Moore Capito, Christopher Miller, and Alexander Gaaserud. While Independent Quintin “Brownn Clownn” Caldwell, and third-party candidates Chase Linko-Looper and Marshall Wilson have also declared, no Democratic candidate has, as of yet, filed pre-candidacy.
Morrisey’s steepest competition in his pursuit of the Republican nomination will most likely come in the form of W.Va. Secretary of State Mac Warner, who kicked off his campaign in January.
RealWV will provide updates throughout the 2024 campaign season as additional information is made available.