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West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

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One state executive position was up for election in 2011 - a special election for governor. The Primary election took place May 14, 2011, while the General election was held on October 4, 2011.

NOTE: West Virginia held a special election following a court order. However, as the Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia is a title accorded to the legislator elected as Senate President, their 2011 election did not actually include a ballot line for the lieutenant governor.

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In the special election held October 4, 2011, Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated Republican Bill Maloney, Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber, Independent candidate Marla Ingels, and American Third Position candidate Harry Bertram.

West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011
Governor of West Virginia, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 49.6% 149,202
     Republican Bill Maloney 47% 141,656
     Mountain Party Bob Henry Baber 2% 6,083
     Independent Marla Ingels 1% 2,875
     American Third Position Harry Bertram 0.4% 1,111
     Write-In Phil Hudok 0% 76
     Write-In Donald Lee Underwood 0% 54
     Write-In John R. "Rick" Bartlett 0% 27
Total Votes 301,084
Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State


West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011

Eight Republicans and six Democrats filed by the 5:00 p.m., February 12, 2011 deadline to appear on the May 14, 2011 primary ballot.[1] The primary saw far higher turnout for Democratic voters, in a race that Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin won easily.[2] Political neophyte Bill Maloney scored an even larger electoral win on the GOP side.

Gubernatorial Democratic Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party ApprovedaEarl Ray Tomblin 40.37%
     Democratic Party Jeffrey Kessler 5.30%
     Democratic Party Arnie Moltis 0.38%
     Democratic Party John D. Perdue 12.54%
     Democratic Party Natalie Tennant 17.30%
     Democratic Party Richard Thompson 24.11%
Total Votes 126,888

Gubernatorial Republican Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party ApprovedaBill Maloney 45.11%
     Republican Party Clark Barnes 9.58%
     Republican Party Mitch Carmichael 3.35%
     Republican Party Ralph William Clark 1.88%
     Republican Party Cliff Ellis 0.45%
     Republican Party Larry V. Faircloth 3.89%
     Republican Party Betty Ireland 30.91%
     Republican Party Mark Sorsaia 4.84%
Total Votes 61,134

Bob Henry Baber received the Mountain Party's nomination at the May 1, 2011 party convention.

Harry Bertram ran unopposed in the May 2011 primary.


Deadline Event
Feb. 12 Declaration of candidacy
Mar. 1 Withdrawal of candidacy
Apr. 25 Voter registration for the Primary election
Apr. 29-May 11 Early voting period for the primary
May 14 Primary election
Sept. 13 Voter registration for the General election
Sept. 21-Oct. 1 Early voting period for the general election
Oct. 4 General election

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