United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2002

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United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2002
West Virginia
← 1996 November 5, 2002 2008 →
  Jay Rockefeller official photo.jpg Jay Wolfe cropped.jpg
Nominee Jay Rockefeller Jay Wolfe
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 275,281 160,902
Percentage 63.11% 36.89%

County Results

U.S. Senator before election

Jay Rockefeller

Elected U.S. Senator

Jay Rockefeller

The 2002 United States Senate election in West Virginia was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller won re-election to a fourth term.

Major candidates[edit]



  • Jay Wolfe, State Senator


Wolfe ran a Grassroots campaign. Rockefeller was the heavy favorite.[1] One poll showed him leading 72% to 17%.[2] Rockefeller had $2.9 million cash on hand to Wolfe at $100,536 (In mid-October). Wolfe was endorsed by President George W. Bush and the National Rifle Association, but it wasn't enough to make the election competitive.[3]


West Virginia U.S. Senate Election, 2002[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jay Rockefeller (Incumbent) 275,281 63.11% -13.54%
Republican Jay Wolfe 160,902 36.89% +13.54%
Majority 114,379 26.22% -27.08%
Turnout 436,183
Democratic hold