Battleground Friday: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District
November 4, 2014
May 13, 2014
Cook Political Report: Democratic Toss Up
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss-up
Current incumbent: Nick Rahall (D) was elected to the 3rd District in 1976. Rahall is one of seven targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) added Rahall to its Frontline Program in March 2014. The Frontline Program is a partnership between the DCCC and members of congress designed to protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Members of the program are required to sign a memorandum that requires them to meet aggressive fundraising goals, accelerate volunteer and recruitment efforts and increase their online networking.
2014 candidates: Rahall will face challenger Richard Ojeda in the Democratic primary on May 13, 2014. If Rahall wins, he will take on state Sen. Evan Jenkins in the general election on November 4, 2014. Jenkins is a former Democrat who switched parties in July 2013 in order to run against Rahall for the seat. The National Republican Congressional Committee added Evan Jenkins (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."
FEC: Democratic challenger Richard Ojeda has yet to file a report with the Federal Election Commission. According to the Year End Reports for Rahall and Jenkins, Rahall led in fundraising by slightly less than $500,000 cash-on-hand.
What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: All signs point to West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District being a battleground 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 is an NRCC target in 2014. In addition, the district was won by the Republican presidential candidate in both 2012 and 2008. Romney secured 32.2% more votes than Obama in 2012 and McCain won the district by 13.4% in 2008.
- The information above was compiled following the West Virginia's candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 3rd District's election page.
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- Nick Rahall
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- Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
- The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," accessed January 16, 2013
- Roll Call, "DCCC Adds Nick Rahall to Incumbent Protection Program," accessed March 11, 2014
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "2014 Candidates," accessed February 26, 2014
- The Associated Press, "Lawmaker switches parties, to seek Rahall's seat," July 31, 2013
- Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
- NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
- NRCC, "Young Guns Candidates," accessed March 20, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 26, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014