Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: West Virginia State Executive Officials

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December 13, 2012

By Jennifer Springer

Portal:State Executive Officials

Charleston, West Virginia: Six state executive positions were up for election this year in the state of West Virginia:


Five of the six incumbents ran for re-election. Only Commissioner of Agriculture Gus Douglass (D) chose not to run. Douglass announced during his 11th term in office that he would not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

Heading into the May 8th primary election, gubernatorial incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin faced a familiar field of challengers: all four candidates in the race were also candidates in the 2011 special election in which Tomblin won the seat. In the primary election, both Tomblin and Bill Maloney (R) won their respective primaries and faced off in the November 6th general election.[2] Heading into the general election, the major candidates spent approximately $1.8 million on campaign spending between September 24, 2012 and October 21, 2012.[3]

Incumbent Attorney General Darrell McGraw (D) was likened to a cat on election day: "He always seems to lands on his feet."[4] Despite prevailing in the past two general election races-his fourth and fifth for attorney general-by less than one percentage point apiece, the seemingly indomitable West Virginian sought a sixth consecutive term in office in 2012. McGraw lost to newcomer Patrick Morrisey (R) in his bid to defend the seat he had occupied since 1992.

Republican Brian Savilla, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates since 2010, filed to run in the 2012 election for West Virginia secretary of state on January 26. Two weeks earlier, incumbent Secretary Natalie Tennant (D) declared her bid for re-election. Tennant and Savilla ran unopposed in their respective parties' primary elections on May 8th, with Tennant winning the general election.

Incumbent Treasurer John Perdue ran for re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the May 8 Democratic Primary and defeated Mike Hall (R) in the general election.[5]

Auditor Glen Gainer and his challenger Larry V. Faircloth both ran unopposed in the May 8 primaries. Gainer defeated Faircloth in the general election.[5]

Democratic state senator Walt Helmick defeated Sally Shepherd, Steve Miller, Bob Tabb and Joe Messineo in the Democratic primary on May 8 to become the Democratic nominee.[6] He then defeated Kent Leonhardt (R) in the general election to win the open seat.[5]


Here are the candidates who won election.[5]

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
Tomblin.jpg
Democratic PartyEarl Ray Tomblin
Republican PartyBill Maloney
Green Party#Mountain Party Jesse Johnson
Libertarian PartyDavid Moran
Earl Ray Tomblin No
Attorney General Darrell McGraw
Darrell McGraw.jpg
Democratic Party Darrell McGraw
Republican Party Patrick Morrisey
Patrick Morrisey Yes
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant
Natalie Tennant.jpg
Democratic PartyNatalie Tennant
Republican Party Brian Savilla
Natalie Tennant No
Treasurer John Perdue
JohnPerdue.jpg
Democratic PartyJohn Perdue
Republican PartyMike Hall
John Perdue No
Auditor Glen Gainer
Glen Gainer.jpg
Democratic PartyGlen Gainer
Republican PartyLarry Faircloth
Glen Gainer No
Commissioner of Agriculture Gus Douglass
Gus Douglass.jpg
Democratic PartyWalt Helmick
Republican PartyKent Leonhardt
Walt Helmick No

Official Results


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See also: West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2012
Governor of Delaware General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJack Markell Incumbent 69.3% 275,993
     Republican Jeff Cragg 28.6% 113,793
     Libertarian Jesse McVay 0.9% 3,668
     Green Mark Joseph Perri 1.1% 4,575
Total Votes 398,029
Election Results via Delaware Board of Elections.

See also: West Virginia attorney general election, 2012
Attorney General of West Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Darrell McGraw Incumbent 48.8% 267,135
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Morrisey 51.2% 280,695
Total Votes 547,830
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.

See also: West Virginia secretary of state election, 2012
West Virginia Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNatalie Tennant Incumbent 62.4% 339,235
     Republican Brian Savilla 37.6% 204,440
Total Votes 543,675
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.

See also: West Virginia down ballot state executive elections, 2012
West Virginia Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Perdue Incumbent 55.3% 295,996
     Republican Mike Hall 44.7% 238,850
Total Votes 534,846
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.

See also: West Virginia down ballot state executive elections, 2012
West Virginia State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGlen Gainer Incumbent 57.5% 303,240
     Republican Larry Faircloth 42.5% 224,517
Total Votes 527,757
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.

See also: West Virginia down ballot state executive elections, 2012
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWalt Helmick 51.5% 268,879
     Republican Kent Leonhardt 48.5% 252,783
Total Votes 521,662
Election Results West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.


National picture

States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 were defeated-6 Democrat and 1 Republican. Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau narrowly escaped that fate, having had to wait for her challenger to cancel a self-financed recount on December 11, 2012 before being named the official winner.[7]
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (nonpartisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[8] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 -- the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 50 -1
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Nonpartisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 94
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Nonpartisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

See also

West Virginia

References

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