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McKinley expresses election, census concerns

PARKERSBURG — Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said he’s worried about the 2020 election before looking ahead to 2022 and beyond, and the possible loss of one of West Virginia’s three seats in the House of Representatives.

“A lot could happen between now and then,” McKinley said.

McKinley is running against the Democrat Natalie Cline, a Williamstown High School graduate who lives in Wheeling. The 39-year-old computational linguist has taught at West Virginia University and George Mason University.

McKinley was first elected to the House in 2010. He represents the 1st Congressional District. The other two representatives are Alex Mooney, R-2nd, and Carol Miller, R-3rd.

The U.S. Census Bureau in December released a final population estimate ahead of the census count that said 10 states including West Virginia were on track to lose a congressional district. The others were Alabama, California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Also, recent surveys of the 2020 Census show West Virginia is 49th among states for residents participating in the census count. Gov. Jim Justice has encouraged residents to be counted during his coronavirus briefings.

An issue that will impact the census count is if illegal immigrants are counted, McKinley said. President Trump in July instructed the Census Bureau to not count undocumented immigrants, which focuses on states such as California, New York and Texas where there are large segments of people without a legal immigration status.

McKinley was in Parkersburg on Friday to meet with constituents and to attend the annual Wood County Republican Party picnic at Buzzy Dils Park in Vienna.

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