A few quick observations on the election
DEMOCRATIC Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin beat Republican Bill Maloney by a more substantial margin Tuesday that in the special election last year.
Tomblin won last year by 7,500 voters, but this time by more than 31,000 votes.
Additionally, the Maloney camp fell below its goals in Monongalia County (Maloney's home county), and Morgan and Jefferson counties.
Morrisey won by about 13,000 votes, roughly his margin of victory over McGraw in those two counties.
Many political observers thought Chafin, who spent heavily and campaigned hard, would win the second seat.
Instead, Republican Allen Loughry prevailed, meaning there are now two Republicans - Loughry and Brent Benjamin - on the five-member court.
The Republicans gained 11 seats in the House, narrowing the Democratic advantage to 54-46.
Yesterday, President Obama finished with just over 230,000 votes - 36 percent.
Obama did not win any of the state's 55 counties. The closest he came was in Jefferson, where he got 47 percent of the vote.
About 640,000 West Virginians cast ballots, for a turnout of close to 52 percent.
That's lower than in 2008, when 711,000 voters went to the polls for a turnout of nearly 59 percent.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.