Socially Liberal Wing Of Republican Party Takes Center Stage As Race For WV Senate President Begins

Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) is in a tough fight for the powerful position of Senate President. Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha) is said to be the current front-runner by a slim majority. Gaunch represents the conservative wing of the Republican Party while Carmichael represents the more moderate to liberal wing. Read more here.

Mountain State residents remember Carmichael’s passionate opposition of the ever-important Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). You can watch the video here.

Fairness WV (the state’s leading LGBT activist group) praised Carmichael for his opposition to RFRA.

Carmichael even blasted evangelicals and “far right religious types” during a panel session sponsored by Fairness WV.

Senator Gaunch championed RFRA which you can watch here.

As earlier reported, Carmichael’s opposition to RFRA has diminished his standing against social conservatives.