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Eyewitness News to stream GOP Senate debate

On Monday, April 23, Eyewitness News will be streaming a debate among West Virginia’s GOP Senate hopefuls. (WCHS/WVAH)

On Monday, April 23, Eyewitness News will be streaming a debate among West Virginia’s GOP Senate hopefuls.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Don Blankenship, Tom Willis, Bo Copley, and Jack Newbrough will take part in the debate that will be hosted by The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register at Wheeling Jesuit’s Troy Theater.

The GOP Senate debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23 and the public is invited to attend. You can watch it online in the player below. The debate will also be streamed live on Facebook and Twitter.

Jenkins currently serves as the Congressman for West Virginia’s third district.

According to his campaign website, Jenkin’s top priorities are protecting seniors, being a pro-life leader, protecting Second Amendment rights, adding jobs and improving the economy, and revitalizing West Virginia’s coal industry.

Morrisey has served as West Virginia’s Attorney General since 2012 when he became the state’s first Republic Attorney General Since 1933.

According to his campaign website, some of Morrisey’s top priorities including fighting substance abuse, balancing the nation’s budget, protecting seniors, protecting Second Amendment rights, maintaining a strong national defense, and improving the economy.

Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy announced his plans to run for Senate last November.

Blankenship’s campaigns said he will work to protect Second Amendment rights and said, like President Trump, he is not a career politician.

Blankenship recently made headlines when he filed a motion to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. He also recently made headlines when he challenged Morrisey to a to a Golden Horseshoe test, testing their knowledge of West Virginia history.

Willis is a veteran and is the co-owner of Fayette County’s Glenn Ferris Inn.

On his campaign website, Willis said he will ensure America has a strong defense. He also said one of his top priorities is to bring a strong economy to West Virginia. Willis’ campaign also said he will work to protect Second Amendment rights.

Newbrough is a Navy veteran and said he is not a career politician.

According to Newbrough’s website, he wants to “get the politicians out of office and get someone who knows the working class.” He also wants to enact term limits in Congress.

Copley is a former coal miner.

Copley’s website said he was laid off in 2015 and when Hillary Clinton and Sen. Joe Manchin visited southern West Virginia in 2016 he confronted the two about the state’s declining coal industry.

According to his campaign website, Copley plans to diversify the state’s economy, make veterans a priority, and fight for the rights of the unborn.

Election Day will be on Tuesday, May 8.

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