West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 8, 2012
Shelley Moore Capito
Shelley Moore Capito
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Election results
- 3 Impact of redistricting
- 4 District history
- 5 See also
- 6 References
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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 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.
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General election candidates
May 8, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Shelley Moore Capito Incumbent||69.8%||157,825|
|Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Shelley Moore Capito Incumbent||83%||35,088|
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 U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on that order as they awaited arguments on the case, so this year's elections can go forward with the agreed-upon map.
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|
|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 2nd District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 41D / 59R
- 2010: 41D / 59R
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 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).
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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).
- 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
- West Virginia Secretary of State "Candidate Search," accessed January 29, 2012
- The Journal-News "Miller announces congressional bid," accessed December 8, 2011
- West Virginia Watchdog, "Three-judge panel rules West Virginia congressional redistricting plan unconstitutional," accessed January 3, 2012
- West Virginia Gazette, "Senators consider independent redistricting panel," March 6, 2012
- Fox News, "Supreme Court blocks West Virginia redistricting ruling," January 20, 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"