2014 elections preview: West Virginia to hold congressional primaries

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May 12, 2014

West Virginia

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

The 2014 primary election season will continue in West Virginia on May 13, 2014, with seats up for grabs in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. West Virginia is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Both parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries.[1] To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 22, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014.[2]


Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. local time.[3]

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014

Incumbent Jay Rockefeller announced his retirement on January 11, 2013.[4] Shelley Moore Capito, representative from West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, will compete with Larry Butcher and Matthew Dodrill in the Republican primary for a chance to win the open U.S. Senate seat. In the Democratic primary, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will face Dennis Melton and David Wamsley.[5] The winners will advance to the general election to take on Libertarian Party candidates Thomas Coyne and John Buckley, Constitution Party candidate Phil Hudok and Independent Martin Staunton.[6][7][8][9]

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2014

There are three seats up for grabs in West Virginia's 2014 congressional elections. Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds two of the three congressional seats from West Virginia.

Members of the U.S. House from West Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 1 Pending
     Republican Party 2 Pending
Total 3 3

District 1

See also: West Virginia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent David McKinley will run unopposed in the Democratic primary. Glen Gainer will run unopposed in the Republican primary.[5]

District 2

See also: West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Shelley Moore Capito (R), who was first elected in 2000, is not seeking re-election to the House because she is running for the U.S. Senate. Robert Fluharty, Alex Mooney, Steve Harrison, Charlotte Lane, Jim Moss, Ken Reed and Ron Walters Jr. are all running for the nomination in the Republican primary. Meshea Poore and Nick Casey will compete for the nomination in the Democratic primary.[5] Ed Rabel is an Independent candidate running in the general election.[10]

District 3

See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Richard Ojeda is challenging incumbent Nick Rahall in the Democratic primary. Evan Jenkins will run unopposed in the Republican primary.[5] The winner of the Democratic nomination will take on Jenkins in the general election on November 4, 2014. The 3rd District is included as one of the U.S. House battleground districts in 2014.

Fairvote projections show the district as only slightly favoring Democrats, while Cook PVI shows the district as heavily favoring Republicans. Incumbent Nick Rahall is a longtime Democrat serving in a Republican district, and he is an NRCC target in 2014. In addition, the Republican presidential candidate won the district in 2012 and 2008. Romney secured 32.2% more votes than Obama in 2012, and McCain won the district by 13.4% in 2008.

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