Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: West Virginia Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
|West Virginia's Congressional Elections in 2012|
|U.S. Senate Election?||U.S. House seats||Possible competitive races?|
CHARLESTON: West Virginia: There are 3 U.S. House seats and 1 U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in West Virginia in 2012. Heading into general election on November 6, 2012, 100% of the congressional races are contested, meaning there are at least two candidates running in each of the 4 races.
Manchin easily defeated Sheirl Fletcher 80-20 for the Democratic nomination in the May 8th primary contest. He faces Republican candidate John Raese in the general election.  The race is not considered competitive and is listed as Likely Democratic according to a Cook Political Report Race Rating from October 4, 2012.
Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party holds 1 of the 3 Congressional seats from West Virginia. Of the 6 possible major party primaries (2 parties, 3 seats), 3 (50%) were contested, about the national average. The remaining 3 party primaries contained only one candidate. A highlight from the May 5th primaries includes:
- West Virginia's 3rd district is currently represented by Democrat Nick Rahall. He is running for re-election and faces Republican Rick Snuffer. Although, currently represented by a Democrat, according to FairVote, the partisan breakdown of the district lists it as being 60% Republican in 2012.  According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, District 3 is considered to be in play.
Here is a complete list of U.S. Senate and House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in West Virginia:
- Candidates running by race
- Partisan breakdown by district
- Comparison of new and old redistricting maps
|State||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|West Virginia Class 1 Senate seat|| Nick Rahall
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| Sue Thorn
|2nd|| Howard Swint
Shelley Moore Capito
|Shelley Moore Capito||Pending||Pending|
|3rd|| Nick Rahall
|Members of the U.S. House from West Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
| Congressional Redistricting Map, approved August 2011
For more information, view Redistricting in West Virginia.
- 2012 elections preview: West Virginia voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries May 7
- 2012 elections review: Little surprise in West Virginia primaries May 9
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: West Virginia State Executive Officials
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: West Virginia State Legislature
- United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2012
- West Virginia elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections
- Official Senate website "Joe Manchin," Accessed October 14, 2011
- West Virginia Metro News "2012 Primary Results," May 8, 2012
- [ http://cookpolitical.com/senate/charts/race-ratings Cook Political Report "2012 Senate Race Ratings", Accessed October 24, 2012]
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in West Virginia," September 2012
- New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
- West Virginia Secretary of State "Election Day Procedures"