CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Some voters are glad to be going to the ballot box because it means seeing fewer candidate advertisements – at least until the fall campaign starts heating up.
Cross Lanes retiree Wayne Sturgeon said after voting Tuesday in his hometown that he felt inundated with ads. He didn’t like the nature of them, saying they focused more on candidates attacking other candidates and less on a person’s own goals and issues.
Sturgeon voted in the Republican primary and says the 2nd Congressional District race was so uneventful that he couldn’t remember who he voted for.
He says that in the U.S. Senate race, one candidate who stayed focused on the issues was former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Sturgeon says Blankenship addressed the opioid crisis and producing more jobs in the state, “and I appreciated that.”
The 59-year-old Sturgeon also likes Blankenship because of his support for President Donald Trump. Sturgeon says he, too, likes Trump and it bothers him that incumbents are embracing the president now after ignoring or avoiding him during the 2016 election cycle.