After this year they won’t. West Virginia has voted increasingly Republican every Presidential election except for what are loyalty races such as with Byrd. Mollohan just got ousted and will bet we will have one if not two new Republican Congressmen from West Virginia this year because of Cap and Trade and the Health Care boondoggle. Yes let the people vote. West Virginia has a different dynamic than a lot of other states it is very similar in ways to Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky and is moving further and further right. The state wide offices are almost entirely held by what are truly conservative Democrats with the exception of Rockefeller who is dancing a different tune lately. He acts like he has some polling that shows that he is in trouble come 2012.
If all you want is an R after a Reps. name, then you may get that with Maynard. However, he is a life-long RAT who swiched just last Nov. He is an opportunist and will not help the right even if he can beat Rahall.
IMO, Oliverio will take Mollahan’s seat.
Mountaineers I know, by and large, like Obamacare.
Rockefeller’s term isn’t up until 2016.
As for the dynamic of WV, I live right in the middle of it. They may talk one way, but once in the booth............