United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2014

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United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2014
West Virginia
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Nominee Shelley Moore Capito Natalie Tennant
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 280,123 155,456
Percentage 62.1% 34.5%

West Virginia Senate Election Results by County, 2014.svg
County Results
Moore Capito:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. Senator before election

Jay Rockefeller
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Shelley Moore Capito
Republican

The 2014 United States Senate election in West Virginia was 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 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. This was the thirteenth U.S. Senate election that involved two major party female nominees in U.S. history.[1]

Capito defeated Tennant and became the first female Senator elected in West Virginia's history as well as the first Republican elected to the Senate from West Virginia in 58 years.[2] Not only was the 27.4 percent margin the largest for a Republican in a statewide race in West Virginia history,[3] but Tennant's 34.5 percent was the lowest ever recorded for a Democrat in a Senate race in West Virginia.[4] The results of this election were a near complete flip from 2008, in which Democrat Jay Rockefeller received 64% of the vote.

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[8][9]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Natalie Tennant

Individuals

Organizations

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%

Rsults[edit]

Democratic primary results[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Natalie Tennant 104,598 77.95%
Democratic Dennis Melton 15,817 11.79%
Democratic David Wamsley 13,773 10.26%
Total votes 134,188 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Rick LeMasters, retired Marine officer and state employee[7][9]
  • Pat McGeehan, former State Delegate and former Air Force Intelligence Officer and Captain (running for House of Delegates)[41][42]
  • Scott Regan, Democratic candidate for the State Senate in 2010[7][9]
  • Edwin Vanover, former Bramwell Police Chief and Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in 2012[9][43]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Shelley Moore Capito

Politicians

Organizations

Individuals

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 January 21, 2013 462 ± 4.56% 72.94% 9.52% 17.53%
Public Policy Polling September 19–22, 2013 348 ± 5.3% 72% 5% 4% 1% 2% 17%
Harper Polling September 24–25, 2013 354 ± 5.21% 77% 7% 16%
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[39]
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%
Total votes 85,322 100.00%

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.[55]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Natalie
Tennant (D)
Shelley
Moore Capito (R)
Other Undecided
West Virginia Poll August 15–22, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 40% 45% 15%
Public Policy Polling September 19–22, 2013 1,110 ± 2.9% 36% 50% 14%
Harper Polling September 24–25, 2013 640 ± 3.87% 34% 51% 15%
Clarity Campaigns January 29–30, 2014 1,727 ± 2.35% 39% 45% 16%
Rasmussen Reports February 19–20, 2014 500 ± 4.5% 35% 49% 4% 12%
Vox Populi Polling April 16–17, 2014 571 ± 4.1% 33% 49% 19%
Rasmussen Reports May 14–15, 2014 750 ± 4% 39% 48% 5% 9%
West Virginia Poll May 19–22, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 38% 49% 13%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 1,750 ± 2.7% 40% 47% 1% 11%
Rasmussen Reports August 19–20, 2014 750 ± 4% 33% 50% 17%
West Virginia Poll August 15–23, 2014 401 ± 4.9% 37% 54% 9%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18 – September 2, 2014 1,284 ± 4% 32% 55% 1% 12%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20 – October 1, 2014 1,066 ± 4% 33% 56% 1% 9%
Rasmussen Reports September 30 – October 1, 2014 750 ± 4% 39% 50% 3% 8%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 877 ± 5% 34% 56% 0% 10%

Results[edit]

2014 West Virginia U.S. Senator general election[56]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shelley Moore Capito 281,820 62.12%
Democratic Natalie Tennant 156,360 34.47%
Libertarian John Buckley 7,409 1.63%
Mountain Bob Henry Baber 5,504 1.21%
Constitution Phil Hudok 2,566 0.57%
Total votes 453,658 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Republican Shelley Moore Capito Wins Senate Seat in WV". ABC News. November 4, 2014. 
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  54. ^ Boucher, Dave (April 25, 2013). "Former TV anchor to run for Senate". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
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  55. ^ "Capito, Tennant, others to debate in October". West Virginia MetroNews. August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  56. ^ West Virginia Secretary of States Official Results. Retrieved December 17, 2014.

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites (Archived)