2000 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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2000 United States presidential election in West Virginia

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  GeorgeWBush.jpg Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg
Nominee George W. Bush Al Gore
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Tennessee
Running mate Dick Cheney Joe Lieberman
Electoral vote 5 0
Popular vote 336,475 295,497
Percentage 51.92% 45.59%

WestVirginiaPresidentalElection2000.svg
County results

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 5 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

While West Virginia was traditionally a Democratic stronghold, due to the large coal industry in the state, Gore was seen as an environmental extremist.[1]

West Virginia gave its 5 electoral votes to Governor George W. Bush, the first time a Republican carried this state since Ronald Reagan in 1984 and only the fourth time since 1932. Bush won the statewide results by a margin of 6.3%. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which the Democratic candidate won Kanawha County, Harrison County, Lincoln County, and Wyoming County. This was the first time since 1928 that a non-incumbent Republican won West Virginia. From 1932 through 1996 West Virginia had voted Democratic every time except for 1956, 1972, and 1984.

Primaries[edit]

Results[edit]

2000 United States presidential election in West Virginia
Party Candidate Running mate Popular vote Electoral vote Swing
Count % Count %
Republican George W. Bush of Texas Dick Cheney of Wyoming 336,475 51.92% 5 100.00% Increase15.16%
Democratic Al Gore of Tennessee Joe Lieberman of Connecticut 295,497 45.59% 0 0.00% Decrease5.92%
Green Ralph Nader of Connecticut Winona LaDuke of Minnesota 10,680 1.65% 0 0.00% Increase1.65%
Reform Pat Buchanan of Virginia Ezola B. Foster of California 3,169 0.49% 0 0.00% Decrease10.77%
Libertarian Harry Browne of Tennessee Art Olivier of California 1,912 0.30% 0 0.00% Decrease0.18%
Constitution Howard Phillips of Virginia Darrell Castle of Tennessee 23 0.00% 0 0.00% Steady
Natural Law John Hagelin of Iowa Nat Goldhaber of California 367 0.06% 0 0.00% Increase0.06%
Write-in Various of Various Various of Various 1 0.00% 0 0.00% Steady
Total 648,124 100.00% 5 100.00%

By congressional district[edit]

Bush won two of the three congressional districts.[2]

District Bush Gore Representative
1st 54% 43% Alan Mollohan
2nd 54% 44% Bob Wise
Shelley Moore Capito
3rd 47% 51% Nick Rahall

By county[edit]

County Gore% Gore# Bush% Bush# Others% Others# Total
Barbour 41.37% 2,503 56.37% 3,411 2.26% 137 6,051
Berkeley 38.23% 8,797 59.19% 13,619 2.58% 594 23,010
Boone 61.88% 5,656 36.68% 3,353 1.44% 132 9,141
Braxton 51.03% 2,719 47.47% 2,529 1.50% 80 5,328
Brooke 49.74% 4,678 44.60% 4,195 5.66% 532 9,405
Cabell 46.24% 14,896 51.03% 16,440 2.73% 880 32,216
Calhoun 42.52% 1,112 54.49% 1,425 2.98% 78 2,615
Clay 45.14% 1,617 52.68% 1,887 2.18% 78 3,582
Doddridge 27.45% 773 69.42% 1,955 3.13% 88 2,816
Fayette 57.26% 8,371 40.34% 5,897 2.40% 351 14,619
Gilmer 39.85% 1,092 56.93% 1,560 3.21% 88 2,740
Grant 19.65% 891 78.76% 3,571 1.59% 72 4,534
Greenbrier 43.93% 5,627 53.61% 6,866 2.46% 315 12,808
Hampshire 33.93% 2,069 63.62% 3,879 2.44% 149 6,097
Hancock 46.39% 6,249 47.94% 6,458 5.68% 765 13,472
Hardy 35.91% 1,621 62.38% 2,816 1.71% 77 4,514
Harrison 48.95% 13,009 48.72% 12,948 2.34% 621 26,578
Jackson 42.86% 4,937 55.05% 6,341 2.08% 240 11,518
Jefferson 47.71% 6,860 49.00% 7,045 3.29% 473 14,378
Kanawha 50.25% 38,524 48.01% 36,809 1.74% 1,337 76,670
Lewis 38.39% 2,355 58.79% 3,606 2.82% 173 6,134
Lincoln 52.77% 3,939 45.40% 3,389 1.82% 136 7,464
Logan 61.83% 8,927 36.94% 5,334 1.23% 178 14,439
Marion 53.84% 12,315 43.60% 9,972 2.56% 586 22,873
Marshall 44.45% 6,000 50.81% 6,859 4.73% 639 13,498
Mason 44.22% 4,963 53.21% 5,972 2.57% 288 11,223
McDowell 66.34% 4,845 32.15% 2,348 1.51% 110 7,303
Mercer 44.22% 8,347 54.07% 10,206 1.71% 322 18,875
Mineral 34.15% 3,341 63.18% 6,180 2.67% 261 9,782
Mingo 60.23% 6,049 38.49% 3,866 1.27% 128 10,043
Monongalia 46.05% 12,603 49.68% 13,595 4.27% 1,169 27,367
Monroe 40.75% 2,094 57.21% 2,940 2.04% 105 5,139
Morgan 33.59% 1,939 63.05% 3,639 3.36% 194 5,772
Nicholas 47.31% 4,059 50.81% 4,359 1.88% 161 8,579
Ohio 42.60% 7,653 53.48% 9,607 3.92% 704 17,964
Pendleton 36.39% 1,172 61.97% 1,996 1.65% 53 3,221
Pleasants 39.50% 1,267 58.73% 1,884 1.78% 57 3,208
Pocahontas 40.15% 1,392 56.82% 1,970 3.03% 105 3,467
Preston 33.67% 3,515 63.29% 6,607 3.04% 317 10,439
Putnam 38.63% 7,891 59.60% 12,173 1.77% 362 20,426
Raleigh 45.91% 11,047 52.31% 12,587 1.77% 427 24,061
Randolph 42.21% 4,028 55.00% 5,248 2.79% 266 9,542
Ritchie 26.86% 1,024 71.27% 2,717 1.86% 71 3,812
Roane 41.46% 2,332 56.39% 3,172 2.15% 121 5,625
Summers 48.78% 2,299 48.89% 2,304 2.33% 110 4,713
Taylor 43.29% 2,473 54.69% 3,124 2.01% 115 5,712
Tucker 39.42% 1,319 57.83% 1,935 2.75% 92 3,346
Tyler 30.91% 1,214 65.73% 2,582 3.36% 132 3,928
Upshur 34.10% 2,770 63.58% 5,165 2.31% 188 8,123
Wayne 48.89% 7,940 49.21% 7,993 1.90% 308 16,241
Webster 53.33% 1,764 44.86% 1,484 1.81% 60 3,308
Wetzel 45.31% 2,849 51.51% 3,239 3.18% 200 6,288
Wirt 34.34% 818 63.73% 1,518 1.93% 46 2,382
Wood 37.40% 12,664 60.34% 20,428 2.26% 765 33,857
Wyoming 54.44% 4,289 44.08% 3,473 1.47% 116 7,878

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