West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014
November 4, 2014
May 13, 2014
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.
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.
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Incumbent Nick Rahall (D), is one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections. 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).
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."
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."
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.
|U.S. House, West Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Nick Rahall Incumbent||53.5%||102,519|
|Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, West Virginia, Congressional District 3, 2010|
|Democratic||Nick J. Rahall II Incumbent||56%||83,636|
|Republican||Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard||44%||65,611|
- United States House of Representatives elections in West Virginia, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
- West Virginia Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- West Virignia Secretary of State-Elections, "Candidate Search," accessed January 27, 2014
- The Hill, "Manchin's State of Union guest to challenge Rep. Nick Rahall," accessed January 20, 2014
- Washington Post, "West Virginia Democrat switches parties to challenge Rahall," accessed July 31, 2013
- The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
- FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
- Politico, "Nick Rahall under fire ahead of rules on power plants," accessed September 16, 2013
- Politico "2012 Election Map, West Virginia"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"