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Armstead Retains Seat on West Virginia Supreme Court

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - Former state legislative leader Tim Armstead has won a crowded campaign to keep his seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Armstead and another prominent Republican, ex-Congressman Evan Jenkins, were appointed by GOP Gov. Jim Justice to fill two seats on the state's highest court until Tuesday's election. Both Armstead and Jenkins prevailed and will complete the unexpired terms of two former justices caught up in a scandal over spending by the court.

Armstead - a former House of Delegates speaker - defeated seven attorneys and two circuit judges to complete the term of retired Justice Menis Ketchum. The term runs through 2020.

Judicial elections in West Virginia became nonpartisan in 2016, but the court's turmoil stirred political attacks. Some Democrats argued that the court's shakeup was a power grab by the Republican-led legislature.

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