West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

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West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

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Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014.

Following the general election, the Republican Party gained majority control of the West Virginia State Senate. Prior to the election, the Democratic Party held majority control of the chamber with 24 seats. However, after sustaining a net loss of eight seats to bring their total down to 16, the party lost control. Majority control is now held by the Republican Party, which increased its total seats from ten to 18.

Incumbents retiring

A total of two incumbents did not run for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Evan Jenkins Ends.png Republican Senate District 5
Brooks McCabe Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 17

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the West Virginia State Senate:

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

Qualifications

Section 13 of Article 6 of the West Virginia Constitution states, "No person holding any other lucrative office or employment under this state, the United States, or any foreign government; no member of Congress; and no person who is sheriff, constable, or clerk of any court of record, shall be eligible to a seat in the Legislature."

2014 Competitiveness Overview
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In one of the seventeen districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. One Republican was guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in 16 of the 17 districts up for election. Three of these seats, Districts 8, 9 and 16, held mildly competitive elections in 2012.

Primary challenges

Just one incumbent faced primary competition on May 13. Two incumbents did not for re-election in 2014 and another 14 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senator who faced primary competition was:

Retiring incumbents

Two incumbent senators did not for re-election, while 15 (88.3%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Democrat and one Republican, can be found above.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

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Democratic Party Rocky Fitzsimmons: 12,821
Republican Party Ryan Ferns: 13,762 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:
Constitution Party Constitution candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry John Edgell: 12,358
Republican Party Kent Leonhardt: 13,034 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Jeffrey Jarrell: 681

District 3

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:
  • David C. Nohe: 5,643 Approveda- Incumbent Nohe first assumed office in 1998.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robin Wilson, Jr.: 6,014
Republican Party David C. Nohe: 19,321 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:
  • Mike Hall: 5,723 Approveda- Incumbent Hall first assumed office in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mike Hall: 22,561 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Note: Incumbent Evan Jenkins (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Woelfel: 12,511 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Vicki Dunn-Marshall: 11,818
Independent Roy L. Ramey: 793

District 6

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party H. Truman Chafin: 11,245
Republican Party Mark R. Maynard: 11,620 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
  • Ron Stollings: 8,726 Approveda- Incumbent Stollings first assumed office in 2006.
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ron Stollings: 14,177 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Gary Johngrass: 7,394

District 8

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
  • Erik P. Wells: 5,887 Approveda- Incumbent Wells first assumed office in 2006.
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:
Constitution Party Constitution candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Erik P. Wells: 11,472
Republican Party Ed Gaunch: 14,094 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Mike Fisher: 1,041

District 9

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
  • Mike Green: 6,562 Approveda- Incumbent Green first assumed office in 2006.

Note: Michael M. Kostenko withdrew before the primary.

Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Green: 10,970
Republican Party Jeff Mullins: 14,465 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ronald F. Miller: 13,776 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Duane Zobrist: 11,815

District 11

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gregory A. Tucker: 12,122
Republican Party Robert L. Karnes: 15,171 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Romano: 14,036 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mike L. Queen: 11,850
Libertarian Party Patrick Smith: 2,192

District 13

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
  • Bob Beach: 6,271 Approveda- Incumbent Beach first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:
Independent American Freedom Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Beach: 12,055 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kris Warner: 10,589
Independent Harry Bertram: 767

District 14

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:
  • Dave Sypolt: 5,238 Approveda- Incumbent Sypolt first assumed office in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stan Shaver: 8,456
Republican Party Dave Sypolt: 15,953 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donald H. Cookman: 8,622
Republican Party Charles S. Trump, IV: 17,609 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
  • John Unger: 3,071 Approveda- Incumbent Unger first assumed office in 1998.
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Unger: 12,287 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Larry V. Faircloth: 11,122

District 17

Note: Incumbent Brooks McCabe (D) did not run re-election.

Democratic Party May 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 13 Republican primary:
Green Party#Mountain Party Mountain Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Doug Skaff, Jr.: 13,029
Republican Party Tom Takubo: 15,488 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party#Mountain Party Jesse Johnson: 1,221

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