Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, has served as chairman of the Republican Legislative Conference this year. That group recruits and trains new candidates to run effective campaigns.
Nelson said the conference also has helped teach candidates how to conduct effective fundraisers and how to get the best strategic use of the money they raise.
"It's been a team effort," Nelson said. "Each one of our new candidates is committed to delivering on the conservative principles of our party.
"This happens to be one of our strongest benches ever," he said. "Eighty years of Democratic control has been enough. This team behind me is committed to making a change so that we can move West Virginia forward."
State GOP chairman Conrad Lucas said the party has seen "unprecedented excitement" ahead of the November election.
"We know Democrats are looking to vote for Republicans in unprecedented droves," Lucas said.
He said Republicans account for more than 40 percent of absentee ballot requests made so far in this election, even though only 29 percent of the state's registered voters are Republican.
Lucas said party volunteers have made more than 170,000 contacts with Democrats and independents who say they're disappointed in the Democratic Party.
"We ask that voters who typically might not have in the past, consider to vote Republican," he said.
Lucas said he has seen candidates going door-to-door making contacts and traditional West Virginia Democrats are more open to hearing about the Republican platform than in the past.
"I've seen these folks knock on doors and wave signs in the rain and the cold . . . facing what used to be tremendous uphill battles," he said. "But this time around, those doors are opening a lot faster when they hear that it's a Republican coming to that door."
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