CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia Republicans are sending their top state senator to challenge Democratic state Treasurer John Perdue in November.
Primary voters nominated Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall Tuesday over Steve Connolly in that race.
Both men are from Putnam County, where Connolly is an assistant prosecutor.
The 63-year-old Hall has been in the Legislature since 1994. He was first elected to the Senate in 2006, and became its top GOP leader in 2010. Hall's Senate seat is not on the ballot this year.
Perdue was unopposed in his primary as he campaigns for a fifth term as treasurer. Republicans are hoping Perdue is vulnerable amid a federal probe into a housing development deal involving land owned by Perdue and his wife in Mason County.
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