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Barbour man files as write-in after candidate's death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Barbour County voters have another choice after the storm-related death of a legislative candidate.

Henry "Butch" Hoppe, of Belington, has filed as a write-in candidate for the 47th House of Delegates District.

That will allow officials to count write-in votes for Hoppe following the death of candidate John Rose Sr.

A falling tree branch during superstorm Sandy killed the 60-year-old Republican.

Rose was challenging the Democratic incumbent, House Education Chairwoman Mary Poling.

Rose's name remains on the ballot. If he were to win, the governor would appoint one of three replacements recommended by a GOP committee.

More than 930 Barbour County voters already have cast early or absentee ballots. About 130 more Democrats than Republicans have voted in that county. Democrats hold a modest majority among registered voters.


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