West Virginia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 8, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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.
- See also: West Virginia elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was David McKinley (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010.
This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. West Virginia's 1st Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state, and includes Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Wood, Pleasant, Tyler, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Marion, Preston, Tucker, Mineeral, Grant, and Monogalla counties.
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General election candidates
May 8, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, West Virginia District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||David McKinley Incumbent||62.3%||121,395|
|Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in West Virginia
West Virginia did not gain or lose a congressional seat following the 2010 Census. The state produced a map that involved minimal changes, but did shift Mason County from the 2nd to 3rd Congressional District.
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.
As of October 30, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the West Virginia Secretary of State:
|West Virginia Congressional District 1|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.|
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study
- See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. West Virginia's 1st District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 39D / 61R
- 2010: 39D / 61R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. West Virginia's 1st Congressional District had a PVI of R+9, which was the 121st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 58-42 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 percent over John Kerry (D).
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On November 2, 2010, David McKinley won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Mike Oliverio (D).
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, West Virginia, Congressional District 1, 2010|
|Republican||David B. McKinley||50.4%||90,660|
- United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2012
- Virginia ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed July 27, 2012
- West Virginia Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Sue Thorn for Congress accessed December 8, 2011
- The Charleston Gazette "Oliverio to try again," accessed December 8, 2011
- West Virginia Watchdog "Democrat Mike Oliverio drops out of West Virginia rematch with Rep. David McKinley," accessed January 17, 2012
- West Virginia Watchdog, "Three-judge panel rules West Virginia congressional redistricting plan unconstitutional," accessed January 3, 2012
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Voter Registration Totals, 2012," April, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in West Virginia," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"