Democrat governor switching to Republican Party

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Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia, a Democrat who was elected past year even as President Trump carried the state by 42 points, is expected to announce Thursday night at a rally with Mr. Trump that he is changing parties, according to three sources familiar with the plans.

The announcement is expected to come at a rally with President Donald Trump in Huntington Thursday night.

West Virginia's Democratic governor is leaving the Democratic Party and joining the Republican party on Thursday.

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Mr Justice is said to have friendly relationships with some members of Mr Trump's family.

Running as a Democrat, Justice was re-elected in 2016, even though Trump won the state by 42 points. (Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is an independent.) Republicans control three levels of government in 25 states, compared to just six for the Democrats. Joe Manchin, released a statement in anticipation of the president's trip to West Virginia. He's the only billionaire in West Virginia, and is the chief executive officer at dozens of companies, many in the coal industry.

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