"The reason the GOP is picking up seats is because we are providing a choice," Thomas told me.
And even though Bill Maloney lost the governor's race, he had a solid showing, which corresponded with the gains in the House. Again, consider the numbers, as supplied by Thomas:
* In 2004, the GOP gubernatorial candidate received 34 percent of the vote and 32 Republican House members won. In 2008, the Republican gubernatorial candidate had 26 percent of the vote and 31 delegates won.
* But in 2012, Maloney received 46 percent of the vote and 46 GOP delegates won.
In fact, Thomas says, Maloney carried 34 of the 67 delegate districts.
The success of Republican House candidates may also be tied to voters' views of the condition of the state. Republican pollster Mark Blankenship found that West Virginians increasingly believe the state is on the wrong track.
* In June of 2011, 56 percent said the state was headed in the right direction. By last October, that had dropped to 46 percent, with 49 percent saying the state is on the wrong track.
Thomas believes that if the Republican Party can continue to field credible candidates who can articulate the differences between the two parties, Republicans have a chance of taking over the House, perhaps as soon as 2014.
West Virginia Democratic strategists love to hate Thomas and his in-your-face style, so they may dismiss his Republican trend theory outright. And they'll point out that Thomas has lost a lot more races than he's won.
But when the House goes into session next month, Josh Nelson will be sitting in the chamber. If a Republican can win in Boone County, then anything is possible.
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.