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United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2012

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. An Senate election was also held on that date, during which incumbent Joe Manchin III won re-election.

Redistricting

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.[1] Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed the map into law on August 18.[2]

District 1

Republican David McKinley, who has represented West Virginia's 1st congressional district since January 2011, will run for re-election.[3]

Sue Thorn, a former community organizer, will challenge McKinley as the Democratic nominee.[4][5] Thorn, who has raised significantly less money than McKinley, has said she is running "very much a grass-roots campaign."[6]

Tim Manchin, a state delegate and cousin of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, will not run.[7] Alan Mollohan, who represented the district from 1983 until 2011 but lost the Democratic primary in 2010, had also considered seeking the Democratic nomination,[8] 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[9] but announced in December 2011 he would not do so.[10]

General Election

General Election results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David McKinley (Incumbent) 133,809 62.5%
Democratic Sue Thorn 80,342 37.5%
Totals 214,151 100%
Republican hold Swing }
External links
  • David McKinley campaign website
  • Sue Thorn campaign website

District 2

Republican Shelley Moore Capito, who has represented West Virginia's 2nd congressional district since 2001, won a rare primary challenge.[12][3] She defeated Michael Davis,[5] and Jonathan Miller, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.[13]

Howard Swint won the Democratic nomination to challenge Capito. He defeated Dugald Brown and William McCann.[3] Thornton Cooper, a lawyer, had also considered seeking the Democratic nomination,[14] but did not file paperwork to run.

During the general election, Capito won her seventh term to Congress with almost 70% of the vote.[15]

Primary results
Republican primary results[16]
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%
Totals 42,294 100%
Democratic primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Swint 22,563 48.3%
Democratic William McCann 13,668 29.2%
Democratic Dugald Brown 10,514 22.5%
Totals 46,745 100%

General Election

General Election results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shelley Moore Capito (Incumbent) 158,206 69.8%
Democratic Howard Swint 68,560 30.2%
Totals 226,766 100%
Republican hold Swing }
External links
  • Dugald Brown campaign website
  • Shelly Moore Capito campaign website
  • Michael Davis campaign website
  • Jonathan Miller campaign website
  • William McCann campaign website

District 3

Democrat Nick Rahall, who had represented West Virginia's 3rd congressional district since 1993, ran for re-election.[5]

Rick Snuffer, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who unsuccessfully challenged Rahall as the Republican nominee in 2004,[17] won the Republican nomination. He defeated Lee Bias and Bill Lester.[3]

Primary results
Republican primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Snuffer 12,359 53.4%
Republican Lee Bias 6,671 28.8%
Republican Bill Lester 4,104 17.7%
Totals 23,134 100%

General election

General Election results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nick Rahall (Incumbent) 108,199 54.0%
Republican Rick Snuffer 92,238 46.0%
Totals 200,437 100%
Democratic hold Swing }


External links
  • Lee Bias campaign website
  • Bill Lester campaign website
  • Nick Rahall campaign website

References

  1. ^ Miller, Joshua (August 8, 2011). "Only Minor Tweaks Made to New West Virginia Map".  
  2. ^ Miller, Joshua (August 18, 2011). "Governor Signs New West Virginia Map".  
  3. ^ a b c d "Filing For Congress".  
  4. ^ "Thorn announces bid to unseat McKinley".  
  5. ^ a b c Messina, Lawrence (January 28, 2012). "W.Va. candidates file for Congress, state offices".  
  6. ^ Martinson, Erica (11 June 2012). "Challenger defiant against coal-backed McKinley". Politico. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Katie (January 10, 2012). "Candidates begin filing for 2012 ballot".  
  8. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (December 7, 2010). "Alan Mollohan weighs 2012 comeback".  
  9. ^ Knezevich, Alison (September 6, 2011). "Oliverio to try again".  
  10. ^ Burdette, Whitney (December 16, 2011). "Oliverio Will Not Run for U.S. House".  
  11. ^ a b c "WV SOS - Election Results Center - State And County Election Results". West Virginia Secretary of State Elections Results Center. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ Vincent, Jenni (May 11, 2011). "Miller announces congressional bid".  
  14. ^ Kabler, Phil (January 14, 2012). "Phil Kabler: Perfect plan revisited".  
  15. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/shelley-moore-capito-gop_n_2203703.html
  16. ^ a b c "Statewide Results".  
  17. ^ Miller, Joshua; Livingston, Abby (January 30, 2012). "West Virginia: Nick Rahall's 2004 GOP Foe Is Running Again".  

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