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West Virginia Senate Candidate Brutally Attacked Days Before Primary

As of Monday morning, it was unclear whether the attack on Richard Ojeda was politically motivated.

By Ryan Biek | May 9, 2016

A West Virginia state Senate candidate and military veteran was brutally assaulted days before the primary.  

Richard Ojeda told NBC 41-year-old Jonathan Stuart Porter asked him for a bumper sticker at a cookout Sunday before beating him and almost running him over with a pickup truck. 

The candidate suffered exterior swelling to the head and eight fractured bones. He is expected to undergo surgery later in the week. 

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Porter turned himself in to police, who have charged him with malicious assault and felony destruction of property. Ojeda said he's known Porter since childhood. 

As of Monday morning, it was still unclear if there was a political motive for the attack.  

Ojeda's opponent, incumbent Sen. Art Kirkendoll, told WOWK, "I do not now, nor have I ever, condoned violence. It has no place in our political campaigns or in our communities."

The state Senate election takes place Tuesday. 

This video includes clips from WSAZ, and images from Facebook / Richard OjedaWest Virginia Southwestern Jail and West Virginia Legislature

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