West Virginia just got even redder.
State Senator Glenn Jeffries switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party.
Tony Hodge, the Co-Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party said, “Glenn…expressed to me his discomfort with the leftward direction of the Democratic Party and that he no longer identifies with them.”
Republicans in West Virginia now hold a giant majority with 31 of the 34 senate seats belonging to Republicans.
Republicans, who already had all but a handful of seats in the state Senate, now have another.
Senator Glenn Jeffries, who had been a Democrat, has registered this week as a Republican.
“I have the greatest respect for the many friends and supporters I have been blessed with during my time in public office,” Jeffries said in his announcement today. “I hope to continue and strengthen those relationships going forward.”
He added, “Our politics have gotten so personal and difficult. I want to make sure that I serve constituents and our state in a respectful, thoughtful way that leads to a better life for all West Virginians.”
Although West Virginia is solid red, it is going to become a key state in 2024.
Democrat Senator Joe Manchin is up for re-election and has already gotten a Republican primary challenger.
If Republicans are able to flip the seat it would help them retake the senate.
Some good news!