West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 13, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Shelley Moore Capito Republican Party
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West Virginia U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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In a crowded Republican primary, Alex Mooney, former chair of Maryland’s Republican Party, defeated Robert Fluharty, Steve Harrison, Charlotte Lane, Jim Moss, Ken Reed and Ron Walters Jr., earning 36% of the vote.[1] Nick Casey, former chair of West Virginia’s Democratic Party, defeated Meshea Poore in the Democratic primary.[1] Casey and Mooney, will face Libertarian Davy Jones and Independent Ed Rabel in the general election for the seat being vacated by Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Ballotpedia has rated the race for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat as “simmering” because Mooney, who has been accused of being a “carpetbagger” for moving from Maryland to West Virginia to run for Congress, will have to win over voters who know little about the outsider.[2] According to Roll Call, “many local and national Republicans are concerned about the GOP’s ability to hold the seat in November.”[2] His opponent, Nick Casey, is a well-connected, native West Virginian who has more cash on hand than Mooney, and more than 80 percent of the money he has raised has come from in-state donors.[3] The race is likely to heat up closer to November. It is rated a "Leans Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[4]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 25, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[5]

Voter registration: 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.[6]

See also: West Virginia elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Shelley Moore Capito (R), who was first elected in 2000. Capito is not seeking re-election to the House and is instead running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson, Hampshire, Hardy, Pendleton, Randolph, Upshur, Lewis, Braxton, Calhoun, Roane, Wirt, Jackson, Putnam, Clay and Kanawha counties.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates


March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Election results

Democratic primary results

U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNick Casey 60.5% 21,287
Meshea Poore 39.5% 13,874
Total Votes 35,161
Source: Results via Associated Press

Republican primary results

In a crowded Republican primary, Alex Mooney defeated Robert Fluharty, Steve Harrison, Charlotte Lane, Jim Moss, Ken Reed and Ron Walters Jr., earning 36% of the vote.[1] After winning the nomination Mooney said, "I’m very pleased with the margin (of victory). I’m pleased with the voters. I know, honestly, what I was hearing from the voters of West Virginia as I was campaigning across the district this whole time, was that they wanted a conservative."[17]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlex Mooney 36% 12,575
Robert Fluharty 1.8% 618
Steve Harrison 11% 3,845
Charlotte Lane 18% 6,297
Jim Moss 4.8% 1,667
Ken Reed 22.3% 7,791
Ron Walters Jr. 6% 2,107
Total Votes 34,900
Source: Results via Associated Press

Issues

Controversy

Carpetbagger accusations

After Alex Mooney (R) re-located from Maryland to West Virginia in 2013, he faced accusations of being a "carpetbagger."[18] In a December 11, 2013, interview, Mooney defended his move, saying that the panhandle is “the fastest growing part of West Virginia; a lot of folks have moved from Maryland and other places. And frankly, they’ve embraced my candidacy and are excited about it.”[19]

Campaign contributions

Alex Mooney

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mooney's reports.[20]

Alex Mooney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$0$0$(500)$36,739
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$36,739$65,369$(1,181)$100,826
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2014$100,826$105,979$(22,675)$184,130
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$184,130$190,062$(73,052)$301,140
April Quarterly[25]April 1, 2014$301,140.56$164,213.00$(107,403.54)$357,950.02
Running totals
$525,623$(204,811.54)

Nick Casey

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Casey's reports.[26]


Nick Casey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$0$452,452$(35,940)$416,511
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2013$416,511$151,795$(47,531)$520,775
Year End Report[29]January 31, 2014$520,775$95,440$(68,162)$548,053
April Quarterly[30]April 13, 2014$548,053.58$170,122.24$(66,599.98)$651,575.84
Running totals
$869,809.24$(218,232.98)

Charlotte Lane

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lane's reports.[31]

Charlotte Lane (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2013$0$67,950$(12,922)$55,027
Year End[33]January 31, 2014$55,027$214,671$(14,922)$254,776
April Quarterly[34]April 24, 2014$254,776.11$51,100.00$(84,199.71)$221,676.40
Running totals
$333,721$(112,043.71)

Ken Reed

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Reed's reports.[35]


Ken Reed (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$0$25,385$(0)$25,385
Year-End[37]January 31, 2014$25,385$206,825$(6,557)$225,652
April Quarterly[38]April 13, 2014$225,652.24$323,680.72$(37,618.29)$511,714.67
Running totals
$555,890.72$(44,175.29)

Ron Walters

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Walter's reports.[39]


Ron Walters Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$0$106,175$(8,877)$97,297
Year End Report[41]January 31, 2014$97,297$21,845$(55,926)$63,206
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$58,698.61$4,244.00$(60,268.47)$2,674.14
Running totals
$132,264$(125,071.47)

Meshea Poore

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Poore's reports.[43]

Meshea Poore (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[44]October 15, 2013$0$14,344$(15,715)$-1,370
Year End[45]January 31, 2014$-1,370$25,001$(7,380)$17,720
April Quarterly[46]April 22, 2014$16,349.70$11,090.00$(21,571.24)$5,868.46
Running totals
$50,435$(44,666.24)

Steve Harrison

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Harrison's reports.[47]

Steve Harrison (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2014$0.00$8,443.04$(5,123.39)$3,319.65
Running totals
$8,443.04$(5,123.39)

Endorsements

Alex Mooney

Mooney has been endorsed by the following organizations:

  • The Madison Project[49]
  • The Republican Liberty Caucus[50]
  • Citizens United[51]
  • Family Research Council[51]
  • Home School Legal Defense Association PAC[51]
  • National Association for Gun Rights[51]
  • National Right to Work[51]
  • Campaign for Working Families[51]
  • CatholicVote.org[51]
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce[52]

Nick Casey

Casey has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • The West Virginia Bankers’ Association[53]
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters[53]
  • National Electrical Contractors Association[53]
  • West Virginia Deputy Sheriffs’ Association[53]
  • The Charleston Gazette The endorsement stated that Casey "offers the best hope to give West Virginia respected stature in Congress.[54]
  • Blue Dog Coalition[55]
  • former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton[56]

Ed Rabel

Rabel has been endorsed by the following:

Charlotte Lane

Lane was endorsed by the following organizations:

  • West Virginia Associated Builders and Contractors[51]
  • West Virginia Coal Association[51]
  • West Virginia Farm Bureau[51]

Polls

General election
Poll Alex Mooney Nick CaseyDavy JonesEd RabelMargin of ErrorSample Size
Tarrance Group
May 20-22, 2014
39%29%3%10%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Straw poll

Kanawha County’s Republican Executive Committee held a forum and straw poll for the Republican candidates in September 2013.[57] Steve Harrison had a six percent lead over Ron Walters Jr., Charlotte Lane, Alex Mooney and Jim Moss.[57]

Voter turnout

According to records from West Virginia’s Secretary of State’s office, voter turnout has declined in West Virginia. Turnout for the 2006 midterm primary was 26 percent and 44 percent in the general election. In 2010, turnout declined to 24 percent during the midterm primary and 42 percent in the general election.[58]

“During the 2012 general election, a presidential election year, West Virginia had the lowest voter turnout in the nation with about 47 percent of voters casting ballots. The U.S. Census Bureau said West Virginia was the only state where less than half of eligible voters made it to the polls,” according to West Virginia Metro News.[58]

Robert Rupp, a political science professor at West Virginia Wesleyan, noted that in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District the Republican candidate “could win this election with (less than) 16 to 20 percent (of the vote).”[58]

District history

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2012

The 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Shelley Moore Capito won re-election in the district.[59]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Howard Swint 30.2% 68,340
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Moore Capito Incumbent 69.8% 157,825
Total Votes 226,165
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Shelley Moore Capito won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Virginia Lynch Graf (D) and Phil Hudok (Constitution) in the general election.[60]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Moore Capito incumbent 68.5% 126,814
     Democratic Virginia Lynch Graf 29.7% 55,001
     Constitution Phil Hudok 1.9% 3,431
Total Votes 185,246

See also

External links

References

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