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Conservative Ranking


West Virginia is the 20th most conservative state, voting 10.4% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, West Virginia is trending REPUBLICAN.

GOP Trend Ranking


West Virginia ranks 2nd among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Jay Rockefeller, IV is running for a fifth term in 2008.  He faces no serious primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Jay Wolfe - Former Senate Nominee  

    DEM Candidates

  • Jay Rockefeller, IV - Incumbent  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin, II seeks re-election for the first time in 2008.  He faces no serious primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Russ Weeks - Former West Virginia State Senator  

    DEM Candidates

  • Joe Manchin, II - Incumbent  
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    Competitive House Races
    District 2
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Shelley Moore Capito is seeking a 5th term in 2008.  She faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Shelley Capito - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Anne Barth - Congressional Aide  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Alan Mollohan (D)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 3:  Nick Joe Rahall, II (D)-inc vs. Gary "Marty" Gearheart (R)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • January 26, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • May 13, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • May 13, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 DEM
      Representatives 1 GOP, 2 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 11 GOP, 23 DEM
      State House - DEM control 28 GOP, 72 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Joe Manchin, II (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Senior Senator:  Robert Byrd (D) - 9th term, up for re-election in 2012
  • Junior Senator:  Jay Rockefeller, IV (D) - 4th term, up for re-election in 2008
  • House District 1:  Alan Mollohan (D) - 13th term
  • House District 2:  Shelley Capito (R) - 4th term
  • House District 3:  Nick Joe Rahall, II (D) - 16th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Mod GOP -- Mod GOP --

    Senate
    Class 1 Solid DEM -- -- Solid DEM
    Class 2 -- Solid DEM -- --

    Governor Weak Dem -- Solid DEM --

    House 1 GOP - 2 DEM 1 GOP - 2 DEM 1 GOP - 2 DEM 1 GOP - 2 DEM
    CD-1 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-2 Mod GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP
    CD-3 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    West Virginia Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
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    Senate
    Jay Rockefeller - inc
    vs
    Jay Wolfe
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    Joe Manchin - inc
    vs
    Russ Weeks
    Projected Winner
    House District 2
    Shelley Capito - inc
    vs
    Anne Barth
    Projected Winner
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