Justice projected as winner of West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary race

The Associated Press projects Jim Justice as the winner of the West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial race in the primary election. (WTOV Photo)

Political newcomer Jim Justice, the owner of The Greenbrier resort, has won the Democratic gubernatorial race in the West Virginia primary, The Associated Press projected.

Justice will face Republican Bill Cole, who ran unopposed, in November.

With 37 percent of the precincts reporting, Justice had 50 percent, while Booth Goodwin, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, had 28 percent and Jeff Kessler, state Senate minority leader, had 22 percent.

Justice was able to shake off some criticism he received for some unpaid taxes from his various business interests. The billionaire has touted the success he has had with his businesses, particularly turning around The Greenbrier, and has said the Mountain State is ready for a change.

See his full victory speech here:

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