West Virginia gubernatorial special election, 2011

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West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2011
West Virginia
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October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
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  Earl Ray Tomblin 2.jpg
Nominee Earl Ray Tomblin Bill Maloney
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 148,625 140,631
Percentage 49.6% 47.0%

West Virginia Gubernatorial election results by county, 2011.svg

County results

Governor before election

Earl Ray Tomblin (acting)
Democratic

Elected Governor

Earl Ray Tomblin
Democratic

The 2011 West Virginia gubernatorial election was a special election held on October 4, 2011 to fill the office of the West Virginia Governor. The office became vacant upon the resignation of Governor Joe Manchin, who was elected to fill the seat of Robert Byrd in the United States Senate in 2010 following Byrd's death. State Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, first in the line of succession, ascended to the governor's position in 2010. On January 18, 2011, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a special election for the office of Governor must be held so a new Governor can be in place by November 15, 2011, exactly one year after Manchin resigned and Tomblin took the oath of office.[1] The primary election was held on May 14. Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney won their respective primaries.[2]

Tomblin was declared the winner of the election by the Associated Press on October 4, 2011 and was inaugurated on November 13, 2011.[3][4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jeff
Kessler
Arne
Moltis
John
Perdue
Natalie
Tennant
Rick
Thompson
Earl Ray
Tomblin
Other/
Undecided
Public Policy Polling May 11–12, 2011 742 ± 3.6% 4% 1% 11% 17% 20% 33% 12%
Public Policy Polling April 21–24, 2011 590 ± 4.0% 5% 1% 17% 16% 15% 32% 14%

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Earl Ray Tomblin 51,348 40.4%
Democratic Rick Thompson 30,631 24.1%
Democratic Natalie Tennant 22,106 17.4%
Democratic John Perdue 15,995 12.6%
Democratic Jeff Kessler 6,665 5.2%
Democratic Arne Moltis 481 0.4%
Totals 127,111 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Clark
Barnes
Mitch
Carmichael
Ralph
Clark
Cliff
Ellis
Larry
Faircloth
Betty
Ireland
Bill
Maloney
Mark
Sorsaia
Other/
Undecided
Public Policy Polling May 11–12, 2011 314 ± 5.5% 8% 4% 1% 0% 6% 31% 32% 4% 14%
Public Policy Polling April 21–24, 2011 274 ± 5.9% 8% 8% 2% 1% 2% 31% 17% 4% 28%

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Maloney 27,871 45.0%
Republican Betty Ireland 19,027 30.7%
Republican Clark Barnes 5,891 9.5%
Republican Mark Sorsaia 3,177 5.1%
Republican Larry Faircloth 2,400 3.9%
Republican Mitch Carmichael 2,073 3.3%
Republican Ralph Clark 1,164 1.9%
Republican Cliff Ellis 283 0.5%
Totals 61,886 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Earl Ray
Tomblin (D)
Bill
Maloney (R)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 30-October 2, 2011 932 ± 3.2% 47% 46% 7%
Public Policy Polling September 1–4, 2011 708 ± 3.7% 46% 40% 14%
Public Policy Polling May 11–12, 2011 723 ± 3.6% 45% 30% 25%
Public Policy Polling April 21–24, 2011 850 ± 3.4% 56% 23% 21%

Results[edit]

West Virginia gubernatorial special election official results, 2011[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Earl Ray Tomblin 149,202 49.55% -20.4
Republican Bill Maloney 141,656 47.05% +21.5
Mountain Bob Henry Baber 6,083 2.02% -2.5
Independent Marla Ingels 2,875 0.95% n/a
American Third Position Harry Bertram 1,111 0.37% n/a
Write-in Phil Hudok (Constitution Party) 76 0.03% 0
Write-in Donald Lee Underwood 54 0.02% n/a
Write-in John R. "Rick" Bartlett 27 0.01% n/a
Total votes 301,584 100%
Turnout 24.82%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sobel, Julie (January 18, 2011). "Court Orders West Virginia Special Election This Year". National Journal. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Catanese, David (2011-05-14). "Tomblin, Maloney win in West Virginia - David Catanese". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ "News from The Associated Press". Hosted.ap.org. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  4. ^ Kaull, April. "Earl Ray Tomblin Sworn in as W.Va. Governor - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports". Wowktv.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  5. ^ Forbes, Jim (October 28, 2010). "State Sen. Jeff Kessler Eyes W.Va. Governor's Mansion". WTRF-TV. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Mannix Porterfield (February 13, 2011). "14 candidates for W.Va. governor ready to fight for the office". The Register-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia). 
  7. ^ Dickerson, Chris (October 6, 2010). "Perdue names former Dem chair to head campaign". Associated Press. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ King, Joselyn (February 10, 2011). "Tennant Jumps Into Race For Governor". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Dickerson, Chris (November 3, 2010). "Thompson says he'll be on gubernatorial ballot". West Virginia Record. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Dickerson, Chris (January 7, 2011). "W.Va. governor race begins". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Brooks McCabe to Run For Governor". WOWK-TV. August 27, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Brooks McCabe says he won't run for governor - Statehouse News - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports". Dailymail.com. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  13. ^ "Charlotte Pritt says she won't run for governor - Statehouse News - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports". Dailymail.com. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ Simmons, Ben (October 5, 2010). "Barnes will seek governor’s seat". The Inter-Mountain. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ Edwards, Jeremy (December 30, 2010). "Betty Ireland Announces Run for Governor". WSAZ-TV. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Candidate field for governor grows to 7". Associated Press. February 2, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  18. ^ McVey, John (January 20, 2011). "Capito is pleased with special election decision". The Journal. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ Bissett, Jim (January 30, 2011). "Jon McBride says he's not running again". The Dominion Post. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Raese Not Running". West Virginia MetroNews. February 7, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  21. ^ Mancini, Jess (February 1, 2011). "Stuart not running for governor". The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  22. ^ [2][dead link]
  23. ^ Jared Hunt (May 3, 2011). "Mountain Party selects gubernatorial candidate". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  24. ^ a b "2011 Candidates for Governor". 
  25. ^ a b c "2011 Write-in Candidates for Governor". 
  26. ^ http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/results/results.aspx?year=2011&eid=10&county=Statewide

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