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1994 United States Senate election in West Virginia

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1994 United States Senate election in West Virginia

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Nominee Robert Byrd Stanley Klos
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 290,495 130,441
Percentage 69.01% 30.99%

County results
Byrd:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. senator before election

Robert Byrd

Elected U.S. Senator

Robert Byrd

The 1994 United States Senate election in West Virginia was held November 7, 1994. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Byrd won re-election to a seventh term. He won every county and congressional district in the state.[1]





Klos campaigned as a "sacrificial lamb" against Robert C. Byrd participating in the Republican U.S. Senatorial Committee’s strategy to re-capture a majority in the United States Senate in 1994. Byrd spent $1,550,354 to Klos' $267,165.[2] Additionally the Democratic Party invested over $1 million in that State's U.S. Senatorial Campaign to the Republican Party's $15,000. The GOP captured a majority in the U.S. Senate. The highlights of the campaign included the hiring of an actor to play Robert C. Byrd who toured in staged Statewide Debates when the incumbent refused Klos's invitation for a series of formal Senatorial Debates. The campaign also organized successful demonstrations against the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Health Care Bus as it traveled through West Virginia in the summer of 1994. Senator Byrd, while the bill was being debated on the Senate floor rose suggesting the brakes be put on approving National Health Care measure while the bus was completing its tour in West Virginia. To Klos's credit, the campaign did not implement the "Death by a Thousand Cuts" plan proposed by strategists which was later acknowledged in speeches given and letters written by U.S. Senator Byrd.[3]


General election results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert Byrd (incumbent) 290,495 69.01%
Republican Stan Klos 130,441 30.99%
Democratic hold

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - WV US Senate Race - Nov 08, 1994".
  2. ^ US Senate 1994 Archived 2010-10-28 at the Wayback Machine Byrd (D) versus Klos (R)
  3. ^ Robert C. Byrd Letter to Stanley L. Klos October 31, 1997
  4. ^ "THE 1994 ELECTIONS: THE SENATE; Who Won Where - the Races for the U.S. Senate". The New York Times. November 9, 1994.