Fayetteville – And now there are 11.
That’s the number of Democrats left in the 100-member state House of Delegates after Fayette County’s David Elliott Pritt switched to Republican Monday.
Pritt, who defeated incumbent and scandal-ridden Republican Austin Haynes in the 2022 general election, was welcomed to the GOP by state chair Elgine McArdle.
“I want to welcome Delegate Elliott Pritt to the Republican Party. Like so many West Virginians, Delegate Pritt has recognized that the Democratic Party of today is not the Democratic Party that our parents grew up with,” said McArdle in announcing the party change.
Pritt has been the minority chair of various House committees.
He has been on the Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services Committee, the minority vice chair of the Committee on Education, the minority vice chair of the Committee on Jails and Prisons, the minority vice chair of the Committee on Pensions and Retirement, and on the Committee for Economic Development and Tourism.
Pritt easily won his election after Haynes was accused of sexual harassment, texting one female about having sex with another legislator in his statehouse office.
Pritt’s switch means there are now 89 Republicans in the House.