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NATIONAL ELECTION RETURNS : EDITION-TIME COMPILATIONS : State-by-State Election Reports of Key Races and Issues : West Virginia

November 05, 1986

CHARLESTON — Three Democratic congressmen easily won reelection in races that failed to attract strong GOP challenges, while a referendum calling for a 20% increase in sales tax for highway construction was defeated.

In the 2nd District, two-term incumbent Harley O. Staggers Jr. defeated Morgantown pianist Michele Golden.

Bob Wise, also a two-term incumbent, beat former television anchorman Tim Sharp in the 3rd District, and five-term incumbent Nick Joe Rahall defeated retired railroad worker Martin Miller Sr. in the 4th District.

Republicans did not challenge incumbent Democrat Alan Mollohan in the 1st District.

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