Republicans Pick Storch, Santorine

WHEELING – Delegate Erikka Storch was the top vote-getter Tuesday among four candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the 3rd District House of Delegates, but she says she never took the race for granted.

Voters selected Storch, R-Ohio, and Dolph Santorine and to be the GOP nominees to the seat, with Santorine edging out Martin Sheehan by just four votes. Vote totals are unofficial until certified by canvass.

Election night results showed Storch receiving 2,113 votes; Santorine, 809; Sheehan, 805, and Chris Elswick, 463.

Storch, who was first elected to the House in 2010, said she was “on pins and needles” throughout the night.

“I’ve been told you either run unopposed or scared – and I had opposition,” she said. “I want to thank the voters, and I appreciate their support. I will work hard to get their vote in November.”

Storch said she believes voters are satisfied with the communication she provides the constituents of the district about happenings in Charleston.

“I feel communication is important,” she said. “I post things on Twitter and Facebook, and I think that makes it easier to communicate with the district, especially during the session.”

Santorine said it was his intent to run a quiet primary campaign. He previously ran for the 3rd House seat in 2010.

“I can’t believe all the work I did four years ago paid off tonight,” he said. “My intent was to be stealth for the primary campaign, and keep my powder dry for the general election.”