United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2012

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United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2012
West Virginia
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All 3 West Virginia seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 2 1
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 384,253 257,101
Percentage 59.91% 40.09%
Swing Increase4.88% Decrease4.21%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the three U.S. Representatives from West Virginia, one from each of the state's three congressional districts. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 113th Congress from January 2013 until January 2015. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election. A Senate election was also held on that date, during which incumbent Joe Manchin III won re-election. As of 2016, this is the last time that a Democrat won a congressional district in West Virginia.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2012[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 384,253 59.91% 2 -
Democratic 257,101 40.09% 1 -
Totals 641,354 100.00% 3

Redistricting[edit]

In August 2011, the West Virginia Legislature passed a redistricting plan which would make only minor changes to the state's congressional districts. Under the new map, Mason County is moved from the 2nd district to the 3rd district, while the 1st district is unchanged.[2] Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed the map into law on August 18.[3]

District 1[edit]

Republican David McKinley, who has represented West Virginia's 1st congressional district since January 2011, will run for re-election.[4]

Sue Thorn, a former community organizer, will challenge McKinley as the Democratic nominee.[5][6] Thorn, who has raised significantly less money than McKinley, has said she is running "very much a grass-roots campaign."[7]

Tim Manchin, a state delegate and cousin of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, will not run.[8] Alan Mollohan, who represented the district from 1983 until 2011 but lost the Democratic primary in 2010, had also considered seeking the Democratic nomination,[9] but did not file paperwork to run again. Former state senator Mike Oliverio, who unsuccessfully challenged McKinley as the Democratic nominee in 2010, had planned to run again[10] but announced in December 2011 he would not do so.[11]

General Election[edit]

General Election results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David McKinley (Incumbent) 133,809 62.5
Democratic Sue Thorn 80,342 37.5
Total votes 214,151 100
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 2[edit]

Republican Shelley Moore Capito, who has represented West Virginia's 2nd congressional district since 2001, won a rare primary challenge.[13][4] She defeated Michael Davis,[6] and Jonathan Miller, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.[14]

Howard Swint won the Democratic nomination to challenge Capito. He defeated Dugald Brown and William McCann.[4] Thornton Cooper, a lawyer, had also considered seeking the Democratic nomination,[15] but did not file paperwork to run.

During the general election, Capito won her seventh term to Congress with almost 70% of the vote.[16]

Primary results
Republican primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shelley Moore Capito 35,088 83.0
Republican Jonathan Miller 4,711 11.1
Republican Michael Davis 2,495 5.9
Total votes 42,294 100
Democratic primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Swint 22,563 48.3
Democratic William McCann 13,668 29.2
Democratic Dugald Brown 10,514 22.5
Total votes 46,745 100

General Election[edit]

General Election results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shelley Moore Capito (Incumbent) 158,206 69.8
Democratic Howard Swint 68,560 30.2
Total votes 226,766 100
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 3[edit]

Democrat Nick Rahall, who had represented West Virginia's 3rd congressional district since 1993, ran for re-election.[6]

Rick Snuffer, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who unsuccessfully challenged Rahall as the Republican nominee in 2004,[18] won the Republican nomination. He defeated Lee Bias and Bill Lester.[4]

Primary results
Republican primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Snuffer 12,359 53.4
Republican Lee Bias 6,671 28.8
Republican Bill Lester 4,104 17.7
Total votes 23,134 100

General election[edit]

General Election results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nick Rahall (Incumbent) 108,199 54.0
Republican Rick Snuffer 92,238 46.0
Total votes 200,437 100
Democratic hold Swing {{{swing}}}


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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electioninfo/index.aspx
  2. ^ Miller, Joshua (August 8, 2011). "Only Minor Tweaks Made to New West Virginia Map". Roll Call. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Miller, Joshua (August 18, 2011). "Governor Signs New West Virginia Map". Roll Call. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Filing For Congress". West Virginia MetroNews. January 27, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Thorn announces bid to unseat McKinley". The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. December 2, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Messina, Lawrence (January 28, 2012). "W.Va. candidates file for Congress, state offices". The Washington Examiner. Associated Press. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Martinson, Erica (11 June 2012). "Challenger defiant against coal-backed McKinley". Politico. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Katie (January 10, 2012). "Candidates begin filing for 2012 ballot". Times West Virginian. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (December 7, 2010). "Alan Mollohan weighs 2012 comeback". Politico. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ Knezevich, Alison (September 6, 2011). "Oliverio to try again". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ Burdette, Whitney (December 16, 2011). "Oliverio Will Not Run for U.S. House". The State Journal. 
  12. ^ a b c "WV SOS - Election Results Center - State And County Election Results". West Virginia Secretary of State Elections Results Center. 
  13. ^ "WVa US Rep Shelley Moore Capito overcomes rare GOP primary challenge in bid for 7th term". Associated Press. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Vincent, Jenni (May 11, 2011). "Miller announces congressional bid". The Journal. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ Kabler, Phil (January 14, 2012). "Phil Kabler: Perfect plan revisited". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  16. ^ "GOP Divisions Already On Full Display For 2014 Races". Huffington Post. November 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c "Statewide Results". Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ Miller, Joshua; Livingston, Abby (January 30, 2012). "West Virginia: Nick Rahall's 2004 GOP Foe Is Running Again". Roll Call. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 

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