2014 elections review: State legislative primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia

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May 14, 2014

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

On May 13, 2014, the Nebraska State Senate and West Virginia State Legislature held primary elections.

In Nebraska, there are 25 seats up for election in 2014. In total, there were 11 contested primaries across the state, with 1 featuring an incumbent. Another 14 seats are up for election in 2014 but did not have a contested primary on May 12.

In West Virginia, there are 117 seats up for election in 2014, 17 in the Senate and 100 in the House. There were 45 (38.5%) contested primaries across the state, with 4 in the Senate and 41 in the House. Thirty-three (73.3%) of these contested primaries (1 in the Senate and 32 in the House) featured incumbents. Nineteen (57.6%) of the incumbents that faced a primary challenge are Democrats and fourteen (42.4%) are Republicans. Challengers defeated seven incumbents in the House.[1][2]

Nebraska

Senate

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

There were a total of 11 contested primaries, all nonpartisan, on the Nebraska State Senate ballot. One incumbent faced primary competition but was not defeated. One district, District 2, is still too close to call. Two incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. Five other incumbents were on the primary ballot with a challenger, but the lack of a third candidate left them effectively unopposed.

  • District 2: Incumbent Bill Kintner faced Ron Nolte and Mel Luetchens in the primary. According to unofficial results, Kitner won the primary, but the second spot in the general election is still undecided. Unofficial results put Nolte ahead of Luetchens by 170 votes.[3]

West Virginia

House

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

There were a total of 41 contested primaries, 18 Democratic and 23 Republican, on the West Virginia House of Delegates ballot. Thirty-two incumbents, 18 Democrats and 14 Republicans, faced primary competition on May 13. Nine incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 59 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. Five incumbents were defeated by their primary opponents.

West Virginia House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 53 36
     Republican Party 47 64
Total 100 100

Senate

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

There were a total of four contested primaries, two Democratic and two Republican, on the West Virginia State Senate ballot. One incumbent, a Democrat, faced primary competition on May 13. Two incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 14 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition.The state senator that faced primary competition is:

West Virginia State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 24 16
     Republican Party 10 18
Total 34 34

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