Republicans have two congressional representatives to choose from, with Shelley Moore Capito likely getting the nomination.
Things might have been different had Alan Mollohan's land deals not cost Democrats the congressional seat now held by Republican David McKinley.
But something bigger cost Democrats three congressional seats: 80 years of domination of the Statehouse.
Democratic policies in Charleston hurt the state's economy, which in turn cost it population. Young people had to leave for greener pastures elsewhere.
Other states grew in population. Over time, they gained congressmen and West Virginia lost congressional seats.
In 1950, Florida and West Virginia had six congressmen each. Today, Florida has 27 and West Virginia has three.
That affects senatorial races. In 1958, Democrats had their pick of six congressmen to run for two Senate seats.
They went with Byrd and Randolph, defeated two Republican incumbents, and have held those Senate seats ever since.
As I said, this time they have one, not six.
State economic policies matter. Florida is a right-to-work state. West Virginia is not.
Florida has no personal income tax. West Virginia does. Despite that income tax, West Virginia's sales tax is 6 percent, the same as Florida's.
To be sure, Florida has better weather (although the only Hurricane I have ever seen in West Virginia is the town in Putnam County) but wise policymakers would have made allowances for that.
As I think about my children and their cousins, I realize that 80 years of Democratic Party rule have denied them the opportunity to stay and flourish in West Virginia.
Democrats deserve to lose that Senate seat that they have held since 1958.
Surber may be reached at donsur...@dailymail.com.