Armstead and Jenkins get WV Supreme Court seats

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins have taken the two vacant West Virginia Supreme Court seats.

Both faced off against 9 other candidates, with Armstead in Division 1 and Jenkins in Division 2. The former West Virginia House Speaker and United States Representative are filling the seats of retired justices Menis Ketchum and Robin Davis.

Armstead and Jenkins were appointed by GOP Gov. Jim Justice to fill two seats on the state’s highest court until Tuesday’s election. Both Armstead and Jenkins prevailed and will complete the unexpired terms of two former justices caught up in a scandal over spending by the court.

Judicial elections in West Virginia became nonpartisan in 2016, but the court’s turmoil stirred political attacks. Some Democrats argued that the court’s shakeup was a power grab by the Republican-led legislature.