United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in West Virginia

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

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West Virginia District Pages
District 1District 2District 3

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in West Virginia took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected three candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's three congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 28, 2012
May 8, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: West Virginia has a mostly closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members, although unaffiliated voters may pick which party's primary to vote in.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 17. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[1]

See also: West Virginia elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the three districts was considered to be in play, District 3.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Republicans would win one seat. It did not make a projection for the remaining two districts.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

West Virginia tied with Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Delaware for having the 22nd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 50% of major party primaries having been contested (3 out of 6). The national average was 54.31%.

Three U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in West Virginia in 2012. 1 of those 3 (33.33%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held two of the three Congressional seats from West Virginia.

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

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the three congressional districts were:

Name Party District
David McKinley Ends.png Republican 1
Nick Rahall Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Shelley Moore Capito Ends.png Republican 2

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 3 seats up for election in 2012 in West Virginia. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
West Virginia, District 1 Republican Party David McKinley 24.6% 194,863 Sue Thorn
West Virginia, District 2 Republican Party Shelley Moore Capito 39.6% 226,165 Howard Swint
West Virginia, District 3 Democratic Party Nick Rahall 7.1% 191,518 Rick Snuffer

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in West Virginia

A three-judge panel ruled West Virginia's redistricting plan unconstitutional for its unequal distribution of population among its three congressional districts. The court gave the West Virginia Legislature until January 17, 2012, to come up with a new map.[4]

General election candidates

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

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Sue Thorn
Republican Party David McKinley Green check mark transparent.png

May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

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Republican Party Republican Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Howard Swint
Republican Party Shelley Moore Capito Green check mark transparent.png


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Nick Rahall Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rick Snuffer


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

See also

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