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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: West Virginia Congressional Seats

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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

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MADISON, Wisconsin: West Virginia had three U.S. House seats and one US. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Three house incumbents sought re-election and all were victorious on November 6, 2012. Joe Manchin retained his U.S. Senate seat. There were no competitive races in West Virginia.

Here are the candidates who won election from West Virginia.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Sue Thorn
Republican Party David McKinley
David McKinley Republican Party David McKinley No
2nd Democratic Party Howard Swint
Republican Party Shelley Moore Capito
Shelley Moore Capito Republican Party Shelley Moore Capito No
3rd Democratic Party Nick Rahall
Republican Party Rick Snuffer
Nick Rahall Democratic Party Nick Rahall No


Members of the U.S. House from West Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 2 2
Total 3 3

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also

West Virginia