8-1-13 Cabell senator to switch parties, challenge Rahall

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrat Cabell County Sen. Evan Jenkins is switching to the Republican Party and plans to run for Democrat Rep. Nick Rahall’s seat in Congress.

A media advisory issued by Jenkins’ campaign says he will change his party registration Wednesday morning at the Cabell County Courthouse. Afterward, he will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. to announce his run against Rahall.

Jenkins was removed from his leadership positions in the West Virginia Senate on Tuesday night.

Senate President Jeff Kessler says in a news release that he took the action because Jenkins had refused to dispel rumors that he’s switching parties to possibly run for Congress.

Jenkins was chairman of the Senate’s Minority Affairs and Pensions Committee. He also was vice chairman of the Health and Human Resources Committee.

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