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United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2014

 

United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2014

United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2014

November 4, 2014

 
Shelley_moore_capito.jpg
Nominee Shelley Moore Capito Natalie Tennant
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 280,123 155,456
Percentage 62.1% 34.5%

County results

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 has 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. Consequently, this was only 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] The 34.5 percent won by Tennant was the lowest ever by a Democrat nominee across the 38 U.S. Senate races in West Virginia history.[3]


Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

  • Sheirl Fletcher, former Republican State Delegate and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2008, 2010 and 2012[7][8]

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

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%

Results

Democratic primary results[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Natalie Tennant 104,598 77.95%
Democratic Dennis Melton 15,817 11.79%
Democratic David Wamsley 13,773 10.26%
Totals 134,188 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

  • Rick LeMasters, retired Marine officer and state employee[6][8]
  • Pat McGeehan, former State Delegate and former Air Force Intelligence Officer and Captain (running for House of Delegates)[40][41]
  • Scott Regan, Democratic candidate for the State Senate in 2010[6][8]
  • Edwin Vanover, former Bramwell Police Chief and Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in 2012[8][42]

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

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

Republican primary results[38]
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%
Totals 85,322 100%

Independents and Third Parties

Candidates

Declared

Withdrawn

General election

Debates

A televised debate between Tennant and Capito was held on October 7 in Charleston.[53]

Polling

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

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Republican Shelley Moore Capito Wins Senate Seat in WV". ABC News. November 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (November 10, 2014). "Rock Bottom: Democrats Hit Multiple Low Water Marks in US Senate Elections". Smart Politics. 
  4. ^ a b c Boucher, Dave (January 25, 2014). "No surprises in U.S. Senate race".  
  5. ^ Boucher, Dave (15 September 2013). "Confirmed: Tennant announces Senate run Tuesday".  
  6. ^ a b c d e Messina, Lawrence (July 14, 2013). "2014 field growing in W.Va. federal races".  
  7. ^ "Perennial candidate Sheirl Fletcher files for Senate run". Charleston Daily Mail. June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Candidate listing by office". West Virginia Secretary of State. February 16, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Preservati out of Senate race". WV Metro News. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "West Virginia: Caperton Says He Is Not Interested in Senate Seat". Roll Call. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Twitter / ryrivard: Fmr WV D Chair & #WV02". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  12. ^ Boucher, Dave (April 30, 2013). "Nick Casey launches 2014 US House run".  
  13. ^ "Another Democrat passes on West Virginia Senate race". Washington Post. July 17, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ali, Ann (November 8, 2013). "WV Auditor Glen Gainer announces run for Congress".  
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  16. ^ Wilson, Reid (20 February 2013). "Carte Goodwin out for 2014". WVMetroNews.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Nationwide, Republicans' Congressional Prospects Looking Bright for 2014". Sunshine State News. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Livingston, Abby (January 11, 2013). "West Virginia: Democrats Begin Positioning to Run for Rockefeller's Seat".  
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  20. ^ Harold, Zack (June 3, 2013). "Preservati Out of the 2014 U.S. Senate Race". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ Livingston, Abby (April 30, 2013). "Rahall Forgoes Senate Run".  
  22. ^ "West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller won’t run in 2014 - John Bresnahan". Politico.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  23. ^ "Allen Tackett not running for Jay Rockefeller's US Senate seat".  
  24. ^ a b "Rockefeller to retire, giving GOP a prime pickup opportunity". The Hill. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  25. ^ "West Virginia Senate: Democrats Look for Winner". rothenbergpoliticalreport.com. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "State Sen. Erik Wells says he won't run for Congress".  
  27. ^ Boucher, Dave (November 19, 2013). "Michelle Obama backs Natalie Tennant in US Senate race".  
  28. ^ a b Mattise, Jonathan (June 23, 2014). "Sen. Elizabeth Warren to campaign for Tennant in W.V".  
  29. ^ Harold, Zack (November 26, 2013). "Tennant, Gainer, Rahall get early endorsements from AFT".  
  30. ^ a b "ICYMI: WEST VIRGINIA’S LARGEST NEWSPAPER ENDORSES TENNANT". West Virginia Democrats. April 21, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Natalie Tennant (D-WV) for Senate". Council for a Livable World. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Natalie Tennant". Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  33. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (September 26, 2013). "EMILY's List endorses Tennant for W.Va. Senate".  
  34. ^ "The IADLC is proud to officially endorse...". Facebook. November 19, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  35. ^ "2014 Primary Election COPE Endorsements". West Virginia AFL-CIO. 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Natalie Tennant U.S. Senate, WV". Women's Political Committee. 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  37. ^ http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/216361-miners-union-backs-dem-in-wva-senate-race. 
  38. ^ a b "Statewide Results Primary Election - May 13, 2014 ★★★ Official Results ★★★". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Capito Will Challenge Rockefeller". Politicalwire.com. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  40. ^ "Former GOP delegate to oppose Capito in Senate race". Capitol Notebook. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  41. ^ "Elections - Candidate Detail". West Virginia Secretary of State. January 25, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  42. ^ Johnson, Shauna (10 August 2013). "Tennant for U.S. Senate?".  
  43. ^ "Former candidate Maloney not running for anything, launches think tank".  
  44. ^ Livingston, Abby (February 25, 2013). "West Virginia: McKinley Opts Not to Run Against Capito".  
  45. ^ "Capito Gets an Early Start on 2014 W.Va. Senate Race : Roll Call Politics". Rollcall.com. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  46. ^ a b Twitter / CapitoforWV: Great to see County Commissioner
  47. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n [1]
  48. ^ "Mountain Party candidate makes 4 in Senate race".  
  49. ^ Cardosi, Mandi (2014-06-12). "5 questions with Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate John Buckley".  
  50. ^ Winger, Richard (2014-08-22). "West Virginia Secretary of State Says Constitution Party Petition for U.S. Senate is Valid". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  51. ^ Boucher, Dave (April 25, 2013). "Former TV anchor to run for Senate".  
  52. ^ "Facebook profile". Facebook. 
  53. ^ "Capito, Tennant, others to debate in October".  

External links

Official campaign websites
  • Shelley Moore Capito for U.S. Senate -Republican
  • Natalie Tennant for U.S. Senate - Democrat
  • Phil Hudok for U.S. Senate - Constitution
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