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W.Va. candidate financing program up for review

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia State Election Commission is pondering what to do with the public financing program for Supreme Court candidates.

The pilot program offered public money to court candidates as an alternative to traditional fundraising. Allen Loughry was the only candidate who sought to qualify and participate. The Republican won 1 of 2 court seats on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Loughry says his election shows that such a program can work. But he also believes officials must first go back to the drawing board.

A September court decision denied Loughry additional public funds meant to help him keep pace with opponents. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier that such funding violates the free speech rights of those opponents and their contributors.

Without further action, the pilot program expires in July.

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