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West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate were held in West Virginia on November 6, 2012. A total of 17 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was January 28, 2011. The primary Election Day was May 8, 2012.

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Dan Foster Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 17
John Fanning Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 6
Karen Facemyer Ends.png Republican Senate District 4

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the West Virginia State Senate:

West Virginia State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 28 24
     Republican Party 6 10
Total 34 34


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for West Virginia State Senate in the past four elections and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 51 $2,663,291
2008 41 $2,445,385
2006 45 $3,412,237
2004 44 $2,543,094
2002 49 $3,209,760

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $2,663,291 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Chafin, H Truman $303,000
Smith, Greg (Hootie) $227,570
Barnes, John $88,451
Greathouse, Dan $50,834
Contractors Association of West Virginia $26,300
Tucker, Gregory A $25,200
West Virginia Bankers Association $25,000
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce $21,500
West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council $18,000
Frich, Cindy $17,854

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in West Virginia

A new Senate map was passed by the Senate on August 3, 2011, concurred with by the House on August 5, and signed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) on August 18. Though the House of Delegates faced a trickier situation in that its first map was vetoed by Tomblin over errors, and had debate centered around the elimination of multi-member districts, the Senate map was largely held over from the previous one. However, a lawsuit was brought, charging that there was a lack of equality of apportionment, compactness of districts, and minimization of division of counties.[3]

Qualifications

Section 13 of Article 6 of the West Virginia Constitution states, "No person holding any other lucrative office or employment under this state, the United States, or any foreign government; no member of Congress; and no person who is sheriff, constable, or clerk of any court of record, shall be eligible to a seat in the Legislature."

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • Jack Yost: 12,261 Approveda - Incumbent Yost first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jack Yost: 11,760 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Pat McGeehan: 9,146

District 2

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeffrey V. Kessler: 16,614 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Donna J. Boley: 8,113 Approveda - Incumbent Boley first assumed office in 1985.
Note: Frank Deem was included on the initial official candidate list, but was later removed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Donna J. Boley: 3,736 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Incumbent Republican Karen Facemyer did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael "Mike" Bright: 13,403
Republican Party Mitch B. Carmichael: 16,981 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert H. "Bob" Plymale: 23,417 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Incumbent Democrat John Fanning did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Wills: 9,034
Republican Party Bill Cole: 11,975 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Art Kirkendoll: 6,629 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Incumbent Democrat Corey Palumbo won re-election in District 17.

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joshua R. Martin: 17,039
Republican Party Chris Walters: 19,123 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Hall: 18,004 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Epp E. Cline: 15,595

District 10

Incumbent Democrat Mark Wills ran for re-election in District 6.

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William R. Laird, IV: 20,247 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Incumbent Democrat William R. Laird IV won re-election in District 10.

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Clark Barnes: 7,486 Approveda - Incumbent Barnes first assumed office in 2004.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Margaret Kerr Beckwith: 9,454
Republican Party Clark Barnes: 20,045 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • Doug Facemire: 12,770 Approveda - Incumbent Facemire first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Doug Facemire: 11,277 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.: 11,495 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Casey Mayer: 5,623

District 14

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • Bob Williams: 9,508 Approveda - Incumbent Williams first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Williams: 18,818 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Craig P. Blair: 28,766 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Daniel Litten: 6,847

District 16

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • Herb Snyder: 5,051 Approveda - Incumbent Snyder first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Herb Snyder: 20,764 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James Kenneth Ruland: 17,763

District 17

Incumbent Democrat Dan Foster did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • Corey Palumbo: 8,581 Approveda - Incumbent Palumbo first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Corey Palumbo: 28,384 Green check mark transparent.png

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