West Virginia Attorney General election, 2012

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The West Virginia attorney general election is scheduled for November 6, 2012, following a primary on May 8, 2012.

Incumbent Darrell McGraw (D) has been likened to a cat on election day: "He always seems to lands on his feet."[1] Despite prevailing in the past two general election races-his fourth and fifth for attorney general-by less than one percentage point apiece, the seemingly indomitable West Virginian is seeking a sixth consecutive term in office this year. McGraw will face off against newcomer Patrick Morrisey (R) to defend the seat he has occupied since 1992.

Morrisey moved to West Virginia in 2006 but retained employment at a firm in Washington D.C. where specializes in heath care and federal regulatory cases. He has not practiced law in West Virginia or represented any West Virginian clients. Morrisey was admitted to the state bar 4 days before filing to run for the job of the state's top prosecutor, amid declarations about bringing a "fresh face" to the office.[2] Morrisey's primary platform is supporting the multi-state lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.[1]

McGraw was ranked fifth worst out of 50 Attorneys General in the nation by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 2010. [3] Hans Bader, who authored the report, defended McGraw's poor rating, writing, “Darrell McGraw, attorney general of West Virginia since January 1993, has violated the most basic duty of his office, to defend the state in court.”[4]

This controversial disparity between the candidates' backgrounds is a fixture of their respective campaigns: McGraw says Morrisey is too fresh[2], and Morrisey says McGraw is too old[5].


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Key dates

  • Administrative deadlines are at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
Deadline Event
Jan. 9 - Jan. 28 Candidate filing period
Apr. 18 Voter registration for primary election
May 8 Primary election
Oct. 24 Voter registration for general election
Nov. 6 General election


Morrisey elevated the level of competition in mid February when he challenged McGraw to a debate tour that would bring the campaign to each of West Virginia's 55 counties. He expressed willingness to coordinate with McGraw on the logistics of holding 55 debates, stating, "the point is that no county will be left behind during this campaign."

During his 2008 campaign, McGraw garnered criticism for declining a request by then-Republican opponent Dan Greear to participate in a public debate.[6]


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2.1 Democratic primary candidates
2.2 Republican primary candidates
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Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary candidates

  • Incumbent Darrell McGraw was first elected to the office of AG in 1992.

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary candidates

  • Newcomer Patrick Morrisey is a health-care attorney who wishes to bring his 20 years of legal experience to an office he believes has been compromised by corruption and outdated leadership practices. He's anchoring his campaign to McGraw's mishandling of the President's health reform law, which he believes ought to be challenged for "saddling West Virginians with new financial burdens, rising health care costs and unconstitutional mandates." Morrisey honors GOP party lines with his statement: "My position on Obamacare is clear: let's repeal it and start over."[1]


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Due dates for reports

The Secretary of State administers campaign finance law and maintains all records online.

For the primary election:

  • First report -- due by April 6, 2012
  • Pre-Primary report -- due by April 27, 2012
  • Post-Primary report -- due by June 19, 2012

For the general election:

  • First report -- due by September 28, 2012
  • Pre-general report -- due by October 26, 2012
  • Post-general report -- due by December 19, 2012

The year-end annual report for 2012 is due by April 5, 2013.



Darrell V. McGraw, Jr.

Darrell V. McGraw, Jr. Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures)
Primary - First Report[2] April 6, 2012 $0.00 $83,080.00 $1,000.00 $(4,452.88)
Pre-Primary Report[3] April 27, 2012 $78,627.12 $9,520.00 $225.29 $(6,186.86)


Patrick Morrisey

Patrick Morrisey Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures)
Primary - First Report[4] April 6, 2012 $0.00 $150,752.43 $875.00 $(26,331.90)
Pre-Primary Report[5] April 27, 2012 $144,421.84 $21,119.90 $0.00 $(35,768.80)

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