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West Virginia's Democratic governor announces flip to GOP

The Hill logo The Hill 8/3/2017 Max Greenwood

(Video by CBS Pittsburgh)

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who was elected last year as a Democrat, announced Thursday that he will change political parties and become a Republican.

"Let me just say this to you as bluntly as I can say it, West Virginia. At the altar when we had it done, like it or not like it, but the Democrats walked away from me," Justice said during a rally with President Trump in Huntington, W.V.

"Now today I would tell you with lots of prayers and lots of thinking, today I tell you as West Virginians, I can't help you any more being a Democrat governor," he continued. "So tomorrow I will be changing my registration to Republican."

Justice ran as a Democrat in the state's 2016 gubernatorial race, but never backed the party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Trump won West Virginia in the presidential election by 42 points - his largest margin of victory over Clinton in any state.


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