West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 13, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Evan Jenkins Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Nick Rahall Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Democratic Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss-up[2]

West Virginia U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd congressional district of West Virginia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

West Virginia is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Both parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries.[3]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Nick Rahall (D), who was first elected in 1976.

West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes Pocahontas, Webster, Nicholas, Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, Raleigh, Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Lincoln, Wayne, Cabell and Mason counties.[4]


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May 13, 2014, primary results

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Republican Party Republican Primary

Race background

Incumbent Nick Rahall (D), is one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.[9] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Rahall's district ranks as the 3rd most Republican (40% D).[10]

Power plant regulations

As the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) prepared to release new power plant CO2 regulations in September 2013, Rahall faced pressure from Jenkins. In July 2013, Rahall appeared at an EPA ceremony to rename the organization's headquarters. He insisted that his appearance was to afford him time to speak with Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, but Jenkins claimed it was a "public show of meeting with the EPA."[11]

War on umbrellas

During a transportation news conference in September 2013, Rahall mistook an umbrella for a lump of coal. The National Republican Congressional Committee released a press release that stated the following:

"The chief economic staple of West Virginia is coal. But Congressman Nick Rahall has been in Washington so long he seems to have forgotten what coal looks like."[11]

District history


The 3rd congressional district of West Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Nick Rahall won re-election in the district, defeating Rick Snuffer (R) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNick Rahall Incumbent 53.5% 102,519
     Republican Rick Snuffer 46.5% 88,999
Total Votes 191,518
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Nick Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard (R).[13]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, West Virginia, Congressional District 3, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNick J. Rahall II Incumbent 56% 83,636
     Republican Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard 44% 65,611
Total Votes 149,247

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