CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two Republican newcomers appeared to have unseated two of Kanawha County's incumbent Democratic delegates, according to unofficial election results Tuesday evening.
Suzette Raines and J.B. McCuskey joined incumbent Delegates Doug Skaff and Eric Nelson among the top vote-getters for Kanawha's 35th House of Delegates District.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Skaff led with 16 percent of the vote or 14,789 votes. Raines followed with 15 percent (13,580 votes), Nelson 14 percent (13,313 votes) and McCuskey 12 percent (11,259) of the vote to round out each of the district's four seats.
Incumbent Democrats Bobbie Hatfield (11,195 votes) and Bonnie Brown (11,024 votes) both trailed behind McCuskey, according to final unofficial vote tallies.
But it's not clear if the unofficial vote totals will hold through to the final canvass of votes.
Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick said the county still has somewhere between 2,000 to 3,000 provisional ballots that still need to be counted.
Those ballots will be reviewed next Tuesday to see if they will be added to the final vote totals.
Those ballots could swing the final margin in the race.
McCuskey earned the fourth slot in voting Tuesday by a thin margin. He led Hatfield by just 64 votes in the final tally. Brown was another 71 votes behind.
McCuskey, an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson, said the margin was close, but he believed he would prevail once the final canvass is completed.
"It's hard not to be worried if they're thousands of ballots left to be counted," he said. "But then again, it's all of Kanawha County, not just my district, so I'm confident we'll come out ahead."
Eight candidates -- four Democrats and four Republicans -- are each vying for one of the four seats in the new 35th. Former state Tax Commissioner Christopher Morris, a Democrat, and Republican Fred Joseph also fell short in Tuesday's voting.
Raines, who runs a Charleston public relations and marketing firm, said her win was a product of a hard-fought grassroots campaign. At 28, Raines said she was ready to help bring a youthful perspective to the House.
"I'm really excited because I care," she said. "I want to get in there ask questions, research the issues and make the best decisions for the people of the 35th District and the people of West Virginia.