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West Virginia Democrats are continuing to lose ground as one of the few state senators they have left has decided to switch parties.
State Sen. Glenn Jeffries announced his decision to his 8th District constituents on Thursday, according to WVAH-TV.
The senator’s statement did not reveal his reasons for joining the Republican side.
“I have the greatest respect for the many friends and supporters I have been blessed with during my time in public office,” Jeffries said in the statement. “I hope to continue and strengthen those relationships going forward.”
According to MetroNews, Jeffries added, “Our politics have gotten so personal and difficult. I want to make sure that I serve constituents and our state in a respectful, thoughtful way that leads to a better life for all West Virginians.”
Jeffries has recently received credit for helping to bring economic development to his corner of the state, including a $500 million investment from Berkshire Hathaway.
Before his switch, Jeffries was one of just four Democrats in the West Virginia upper chamber.
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