West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he will switch parties, from Democrat to Republican. The Associated Press first reported the move, which Justice announced Thursday night at a rally with President Donald Trump in Huntington, W. Va. "I can't help you anymore being a Democratic governor, so tomorrow I will be changing my registration to Republican," Justice said to the cheering crowd. Earlier in the day, Trump had teased a "very big announcement" at the rally. Justice, a billionaire coal and real estate tycoon, won election as a conservative Democrat in November, but had previously registered at various times as both a Republican and an independent. Justice switched from Republican to Democrat just a few months before the election. Justice's move further tilts the advantage Republicans hold in statehouse across the nation, now holding a 34-15 edge over Democrats.
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