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West Virginia  
 
General Information

Election Timeline


  • January 30, 2010 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • May 11, 2010 - Primary elections
  • November 2, 2010 - Election day
  • Latest Polls and Updates


    Conservative Ranking


    West Virginia is the 14th most conservative state, voting 20.36% more Republican in the 2008 presidential elections than the national average.

    Partisan Trend


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

    GOP Trend Ranking


    West Virginia ranks 3rd among the 50 states.
     

    Senate Race (Special)
    OPEN SEAT:  The late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd passed away on June 28, 2010.  Governor Joe Manchin announced a special election to be held on November 2, 2010 to fill the seat for the remainder of Byrd's term which ends January, 2013.  He appointed Carte Goodwin to serve as interim senator until January, 2011.  Goodwin will not seek election in 2010.

    GOP Candidates

  • John Raese  
  • Mac Warner
  • Thomas Ressler
  • Frank Kubic
  • Kenneth A Culp
  • Charles "Bud" Railey
  • Harry Bruner
  • Lynette Kennedy
  • Scott H. Williams
  • D. Scott Rebich
  • Albert Howard
  • DEM Candidates

  • Joe Manchin, III - Governor of West Virginia  
  • Ken Hechler - West Virginia Secretary of State
  • Sheril Fletcher - Former GOP West Virginia State Representative
  • Party nominee -

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    Governor's Race
    No race in 2010
     
    Competitive House Races

    District 1 (map)
    OPEN SEAT:  Democratic incumbent Alan Mollohan was running for a 15th term in 2010.  He was defeated in the primary.

    GOP Candidates

  • David McKinley - Former West Virginia State Delegate  
  • Cindy Hall
  • Sarah Minear - Former West Virginia State Senator
  • Patricia Levenson
  • Thomas Stark
  • Andrew Warner
  • DEM Candidates

  • Michael Oliverio, II - West Virginia State Senator  
  • Alan Mollohan - Incumbent
  • Party nominee -

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    District 3 (map)
    Incumbent:  Democrat Nick Rahall, II is running for an 18th term in 2010.  He faced primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Elliott Maynard - Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice  
  • Lee Allen Bias
  • Marty Gearheart
  • Conrad Lucas, II
  • DEM Candidates

  • Nick Rahall, II - Incumbent  
  • Bruce Barilla
  • Party nominee -

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    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 2:  Shelly Capito (R)-inc vs. Virginia Lynch Graf (D)
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    Additional Information

    Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 DEM
      Representatives 1 GOP, 2 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 6 GOP, 28 DEM
      State House - DEM control 21 GOP, 79 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Joe Manchin, III (D) - 2nd term, term-limited in 2012
  • Senior Senator:  Jay Rockefeller, IV (D) - 5th term, up for re-election in 2014
  • Junior Senator:  Carte Goodwin (D) - interim, not seeking election in 2010
  • House District 1:  Alan Mollohan (D) - 14th term (defeated in primary)
  • House District 2:  Shelley Capito (R) - 5th term
  • House District 3:  Nick Joe Rahall, II (D) - 17th term
  • Historical Partisan Snapshot


     
      Race 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008

    President Mod R -- Mod R -- Strong R

    Senate
    Class 1 Solid D -- -- Solid D --
    Class 2 -- Solid D -- -- Solid D

    Governor Weak D -- Solid D -- Solid D

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

    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
    Senate (special)
    Joe Manchin, III
    vs
    John Raese
    Projected Winner
    House District 1 (open)
    Michael Oliverio
    vs
    David McKinley
    Projected Winner
    House District 3
    Nick Rahall - inc
    vs
    Elliott Maynard
    Projected Winner
    Special Thanks To:

    Charlie Cook
    Cook Political


    Congressional Quarterly
    CQ Politics


    D.C. Finegold Sachs
    DC's Political Report


    Dave Leip
    U.S. Election Atlas


    David Wissing
    The Hedgehog Report


    Larry Sabato
    Crystal Ball


    Richard & Tony
    The Green Papers


    Rose Institute
    Redistricting in America


    Tom Bevan and John McIntyre
    RealClearPolitics

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