W.Va. House bill alters rules for Supreme Court elections

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia House of Delegates committee has advance a bill that would require a runoff election for the Supreme Court if no candidate receives more than 40 percent of the vote.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill on Wednesday. It now moves to the full House.

The runoff would involve the two candidates who receive the most votes in an election. Nonpartisan Supreme Court elections are held in May. The bill would be effective with the 2020 election.

In separate special elections last November, Tim Armstead won with 26 percent of the vote, while Evan Jenkins won with 36 percent. Armstead's term expires in 2020.

Justice John Hutchison, who was appointed to the seat vacated by Allen Loughry, will serve until a 2020 special election.

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