The most interesting race Tuesday night may be state Supreme Court. It's just a gut feeling, but I think Circuit Judge John Yoder finishes second to Justice Robin Davis for the two seats on the high court.
Part of that is based on how closely Yoder came in the 2010 special election against Justice Thomas McHugh.
Secondly, there's a segment of West Virginia voters that won't vote for two women for statewide office -- and a much larger segment of state voters that won't vote for two Charlestonians.
If Attorney General Darrell McGraw pulls out another nail-biter Tuesday, it will be because he played the "He's not one of us" card against recent New Jerseyian and Washingtonian Patrick Morrisey.
Portraying an opponent as an outsider almost never fails in West Virginia politics -- and it was never done better than in 1998 when Sen. Randy Schoonover, who had barely gotten through Clay County High School, used it to beat Harvard Law grad Mark Burnette in his re-election bid.
(More election thoughts Monday.)
Finally, the most disturbing trend of this election cycle: Children in campaign commercials.
Supreme Court candidate Allen Loughry's son, Justus, was featured predominately in two ads. (All in all, it would not be a stretch to say Loughry had the best campaign spots of any statewide candidate this election cycle.)
Likewise, Delegate Mark Hunt, D-Kanawha, featured his young son in an ad (along with a lot of other family members).
Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, had a whole slew of kids appearing in his TV spots.
And let's not forget, the ad that kicked off the Maloney general election campaign was "A Brighter Future," better remembered as the "sad kids under Obama/happy Republican kids" spot.
With the possible exception of Honey Boo Boo, I'm not sure we are well served getting political guidance from children ...
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