Perdue wins 6th term as West Virginia treasurer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - John Perdue has won his sixth term as West Virginia treasurer.

The Democrat held off a challenge from Republican Charleston bank lender Ann Urling on Tuesday night.

Perdue is West Virginia's longest-serving state treasurer. He was first elected in 1996.

No Republican has served as state treasurer since Ronald Pearson was appointed in 1975 after Democrat John H. Kelly resigned. Pearson lost an election bid the following year.

A Republican hasn't been elected treasurer since 1928.

Perdue ran unopposed in the May primary, while Urling defeated state Delegate Larry Faircloth.