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West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Shelley Moore Capito Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Shelley Moore Capito Republican Party
Shelley Moore Capito.jpeg

West Virginia U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Shelley Moore Capito was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

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, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16, 2012.[2]

See also: West Virginia elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Shelley Moore Capito (R), who was first elected to the House in 2000.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state, and includes Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson, Hampshire, Hardy, Pendleton, Randolph, Upshur, Lewis, Braxton, Calhoun, Roane, Wirt, Jackson, Putnam, Clay, and Kanawha counties.[3]


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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

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Howard Swint 30.2% 68,340
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Moore Capito Incumbent 69.8% 157,825
Total Votes 226,165
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Swint 48.3% 22,563
Will McCann 29.2% 13,668
Dugald Brown 22.5% 10,514
Total Votes 46,745

Republican Primary

West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Moore Capito Incumbent 83% 35,088
Michael Davis 5.9% 2,495
Jonathan Miller 11.1% 4,711
Total Votes 42,294

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.[6] The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on that order as they awaited arguments on the case,[7] so this year's elections can go forward with the agreed-upon map.[8]

Registration statistics

As of October 30, 2012, District 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the West Virginia Secretary of State:

West Virginia Congressional District 2[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 2 408,025 185,495 131,292 91,238 Democratic 41.28% N/A
"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.

District partisanship

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 2nd District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 41D / 59R
  • 2010: 41D / 59R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

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 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of R+8, which was the 140th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 55-45 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 percent over John Kerry (D).[11]

District history

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On November 2, 2010, Shelley Moore Capito won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Virginia Lynch Graf (D) and Phil Hudok (Constitution).[12]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, West Virginia, Congressional District 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Moore Capito Incumbent 68.5% 126,814
     Democratic Virginia Lynch Graf 29.7% 55,001
     Constitution Phil Hudok 1.9% 3,431
Total Votes 185,246

See also