McCuskey drops out of governor’s race, announces run for attorney general

By: - July 24, 2023 12:42 pm
A man in a suit is standing at a lectern speaking into a small microphone.

State Auditor J.B. McCuskey has dropped out of the governor’s race and joined the race for state attorney general. (West Virginia Legislature | Courtesy photo)

State auditor J.B. McCuskey says he’s dropping out of the 2024 West Virginia governor’s race and entering the race for state attorney general.

McCuskey, a Republican, made the announcement on MetroNews’ Talkline Monday morning and on his campaign website

“I am a strong, principled conservative who will never stop fighting for West Virginians’ freedom and prosperity,” McCuskey’s statement said. “West Virginia needs a strong conservative fighting for them against the nonsense that is coming out of Washington, D.C., that is negatively affecting our state. Our administration will fight tirelessly against bad policies, just as we have as your state auditor, and we will continue the work Patrick Morrisey has accomplished in during his tenure.” 

So far, McCuskey, state senator Ryan Weld (R-Brooke) and Senator Mike Stuart (R-Kanawha) have all announced campaigns for attorney general. The official candidate filing period is Jan. 8 through 27. 

McCuskey was elected auditor in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. Before that, he served two terms in the state House of Delegates.

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Lori Kersey
Lori Kersey

Lori Kersey is a reporter with a decade of experience reporting in West Virginia. She covers state government for West Virginia Watch.