West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey files candidacy for U.S. Senate

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed his candidacy with the West Virginia Secretary of State to run as a Republican against Joe Manchin (D-WV) for Manchin's U.S. Senate seat.

Morrisey is one of 6 Republicans running to fill Sen. Joe Manchin's U.S. Senate Seat, including Rep. Evan Jenkins, former coal company CEO Don Blankenship, Bo Copley, Scott Ernst, and Jack Newbrough.

In addition to Sen. Joe Manchin III, Democratic opponents for the position include Chase Henderson and Paula Jean Swearengin.

In a press release issued Thursday, Patrick Morrisey said,

“I have a record as Attorney General of fighting for and advancing the conservative principles that so many West Virginians share,” Morrisey said. “For too long, Sen. Joe Manchin has sided with Chuck Schumer and his liberal friends in Washington over hardworking West Virginians. West Virginians deserve a proven conservative in the Senate — someone who will protect their gun rights, cut their taxes, get rid of the job-killing EPA regulations, and protect the unborn. We are humbled to be the only Senate candidate endorsed by so many conservative groups, including West Virginians for Life and gun groups.”

A total of 33 U.S. Senate seats nationwide are up for election in 2018.

West Virginia's primary election will be on May 8, 2018, and the general election is Nov. 6, 2018.

The U.S. Senate candidate filing deadline for major party candidates in West Virginia is January 27, 2018, while the filing deadline for third party candidates is Aug. 1, 2018.

Write-in candidates for U.S. Senate in West Virginia have a filing deadline of Sept. 18, 2018.

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