Republican: Teachers, unions, positive campaign helped unseat incumbent
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail
Delegate Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, said he believes a combination of support from teachers, school service personnel and union members, along with voters' irritation with his opponent's relentlessly negative campaign, led to his sweeping victory Tuesday in the 11th Senatorial District Republican primary.
Hamilton unseated first-term incumbent Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin, with 5,836 votes to Karnes' 3,470.
"This was a good win. I was a little surprised by the margin," Hamilton said Wednesday.
He carried all 61/2 counties that make up the sprawling 11th District in the Potomac Highlands region.
Hamilton added, "He ran a very negative race against me. I was wondering if I was going to need to wear a suit made of Kevlar."
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