CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — The Associated Press has declared incumbent Republican Alex Mooney as the winner of West Virginia’s Second Congressional District.
Mooney defeated Democrat Talley Sergent and Mountain Party candidate Daniel Lutz Jr.
As of 10:05 p.m., Mooney had received 54 percent (83,471) of the votes and Sergent 43 percent (66,712). Lutz had 3 percent (4,989) of the votes.
Two of the biggest topics Mooney and Sergent focused on during their campaigns were health care and the opioid crisis.
On the topic of health care, Mooney said he wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Sergent, however, said she was for the Affordable Care Act, but said a few things could be tweaked.
Throughout her campaign, Sergent ran a number of political ads criticizing Mooney’s on his stance, voting against provisions protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Mooney said his health care plan would protect those with pre-existing conditions.
The opioid crisis is another topic the candidates addressed during the campaign, both agreeing it is a problem that needs to be confronted.
Mooney said he hopes a bill that was signed into law by President Donald Trump in October will help curb the epidemic, but Sergent said the measure is too little too late.
She said a bipartisan plan needs to be made that brings local entities and private sectors together to fight the epidemic.