With party switch in West Virginia, Republicans now have matched record number of governor’s seats. Will it last? – Los Angeles Times

The moment was filled with political pomp and pageantry: Thousands of cheering supporters packed into an arena, a sea of poster board signs and a big announcement.

“The Democrats walked away from me,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, standing beside President Trump, told his constituents Thursday night. “I can’t help you any more being a Democrat.”

So, Justice said, the time for change had arrived: He’ll be joining the Republican Party — a statement that brought a wide smile to Trump’s face.

The move by Justice, who on Friday officially changed his political affiliation, continued a trend in recent years that has seen Republicans dominate gubernatorial offices and state legislatures across the country. During the Obama administration, Democrats invested millions of dollars in bolstering organizational efforts in field operations and technology. But so far, it hasn’t translated into significant victories at the state level.

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