United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2014

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United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2014
West Virginia
2008 ←
November 4, 2014 → 2020

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Nominee Natalie Tennant Shelley Moore Capito
Party Democratic Republican

U.S. Senator before election

Jay Rockefeller
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

TBD

The 2014 United States Senate election in West Virginia will be held on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of West Virginia, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller has decided to retire rather than run for re-election for a sixth term.

The Democrats nominated Secretary of State of West Virginia Natalie Tennant and the Republicans nominated U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito. Since both of the major party nominees are women, this election will likely see the first female Senator elected in West Virginia's history.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Sheirl Fletcher, former Republican State Delegate and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2008, 2010 and 2012[4][5]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Sheirl
Fletcher
David
Harless
Natalie
Tennant
David
Wamsley
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 19–22, 2013 600 ± 4% 8% 3% 51% 4% 34%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Natalie Tennant 104,598 77.95%
Democratic Dennis Melton 15,817 11.79%
Democratic David Wamsley 13,773 10.26%
Totals 134,188 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Rick LeMasters, retired Marine officer and state employee[3][5]
  • Pat McGeehan, former State Delegate and former Air Force Intelligence Officer and Captain (running for House of Delegates)[37][38]
  • Scott Regan, Democratic candidate for the State Senate in 2010[3][5]
  • Edwin Vanover, former Bramwell Police Chief and Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in 2012[5][39]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Shelley
Moore Capito
Rick
Lemasters
Pat
McGeehan
Patrick
Morrisey
Scott
Regan
Edwin
Vanover
Undecided
Harper Polling September 24–25, 2013 354 ± 5.21% 77% 7% 16%
Public Policy Polling September 19–22, 2013 348 ± 5.3% 72% 5% 4% 1% 2% 17%
Harper Polling January 21, 2013 462 ± 4.56% 72.94% 9.52% 17.53%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Shelley
Moore Capito
Someone more
conservative
Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 19–22, 2013 348 ± 5.3% 65% 21% 14%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shelley Moore Capito 74,655 87.50%
Republican Matthew Dodrill 7,072 8.29%
Republican Larry Butcher 3,595 4.21%
Totals 85,322 100%

Independents and Third Parties[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

A televised debate between Tennant and Capito was held on October 7 in Charleston.[50]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Natalie
Tennant (D)
Shelley
Moore Capito (R)
Other Undecided
Rasmussen Reports September 30–October 1, 2014 750 ± 4% 39% 50% 3% 8%
CBS News/New York Times September 20–October 1, 2014 1,066 ± 4% 33% 56% 1% 9%
CBS News/New York Times August 18–September 2, 2014 1,284 ± 4% 32% 55% 1% 12%
West Virginia Poll August 15–23, 2014 401 ± 4.9% 37% 54% 9%
Rasmussen Reports August 19–20, 2014 750 ± 4% 33% 50% 17%
CBS News/New York Times July 5–24, 2014 1,750 ± 2.7% 40% 47% 1% 11%
West Virginia Poll May 19–22, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 38% 49% 13%
Rasmussen Reports May 14–15, 2014 750 ± 4% 39% 48% 5% 9%
Vox Populi Polling April 16–17, 2014 571 ± 4.1% 33% 49% 19%
Rasmussen Reports February 19–20, 2014 500 ± 4.5% 35% 49% 4% 12%
Clarity Campaigns January 29–30, 2014 1,727 ± 2.35% 39% 45% 16%
Harper Polling September 24–25, 2013 640 ± 3.87% 34% 51% 15%
Public Policy Polling September 19–22, 2013 1,110 ± 2.9% 36% 50% 14%
West Virginia Poll August 15–22, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 40% 45% 15%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Boucher, Dave (January 25, 2014). "No surprises in U.S. Senate race". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Boucher, Dave (15 September 2013). "Confirmed: Tennant announces Senate run Tuesday". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Messina, Lawrence (July 14, 2013). "2014 field growing in W.Va. federal races". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Perennial candidate Sheirl Fletcher files for Senate run". Charleston Daily Mail. June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Candidate listing by office". West Virginia Secretary of State. February 16, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Preservati out of Senate race". WV Metro News. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "West Virginia: Caperton Says He Is Not Interested in Senate Seat". Roll Call. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Twitter / ryrivard: Fmr WV D Chair & #WV02". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  9. ^ Boucher, Dave (April 30, 2013). "Nick Casey launches 2014 US House run". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Another Democrat passes on West Virginia Senate race". Washington Post. July 17, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ali, Ann (November 8, 2013). "WV Auditor Glen Gainer announces run for Congress". State Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Kercheval, Hoppy (19 February 2013). "2014 U.S. Senate race update". WVMetroNews.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Wilson, Reid (20 February 2013). "Carte Goodwin out for 2014". WVMetroNews.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Nationwide, Republicans' Congressional Prospects Looking Bright for 2014". Sunshine State News. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
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  17. ^ Harold, Zack (June 3, 2013). "Preservati Out of the 2014 U.S. Senate Race". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ Livingston, Abby (April 30, 2013). "Rahall Forgoes Senate Run". Roll Call. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Allen Tackett not running for Jay Rockefeller's US Senate seat". Charleston Daily Mail. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
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  23. ^ "State Sen. Erik Wells says he won't run for Congress". Charleston Daily Mail. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  24. ^ Boucher, Dave (November 19, 2013). "Michelle Obama backs Natalie Tennant in US Senate race". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b Mattise, Jonathan (June 23, 2014). "Sen. Elizabeth Warren to campaign for Tennant in W.V". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  26. ^ Harold, Zack (November 26, 2013). "Tennant, Gainer, Rahall get early endorsements from AFT". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "ICYMI: WEST VIRGINIA’S LARGEST NEWSPAPER ENDORSES TENNANT". West Virginia Democrats. April 21, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Natalie Tennant (D-WV) for Senate". Council for a Livable World. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Natalie Tennant". Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
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  31. ^ "The IADLC is proud to officially endorse...". Facebook. November 19, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  32. ^ "2014 Primary Election COPE Endorsements". West Virginia AFL-CIO. 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Natalie Tennant U.S. Senate, WV". Women's Political Committee. 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
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  35. ^ a b "Statewide Results Primary Election - May 13, 2014 ★★★ Official Results ★★★". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Capito Will Challenge Rockefeller". Politicalwire.com. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  37. ^ "Former GOP delegate to oppose Capito in Senate race". Capitol Notebook. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  38. ^ "Elections - Candidate Detail". West Virginia Secretary of State. January 25, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  39. ^ Johnson, Shauna (10 August 2013). "Tennant for U.S. Senate?". West Virginia MetroNews. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  40. ^ "Former candidate Maloney not running for anything, launches think tank". The Charleston Gazette. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  41. ^ Livingston, Abby (February 25, 2013). "West Virginia: McKinley Opts Not to Run Against Capito". Roll Call. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  42. ^ "Capito Gets an Early Start on 2014 W.Va. Senate Race : Roll Call Politics". Rollcall.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  43. ^ a b Twitter / CapitoforWV: Great to see County Commissioner
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  45. ^ "Mountain Party candidate makes 4 in Senate race". The Charleston Gazette. July 31, 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  46. ^ Cardosi, Mandi (2014-06-12). "5 questions with Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate John Buckley". State Journal. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  47. ^ Winger, Richard (2014-08-22). "West Virginia Secretary of State Says Constitution Party Petition for U.S. Senate is Valid". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  48. ^ Boucher, Dave (April 25, 2013). "Former TV anchor to run for Senate". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  49. ^ "Facebook profile". Facebook. 
  50. ^ "Capito, Tennant, others to debate in October". West Virginia MetroNews. August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites