West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2012

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The West Virginia gubernatorial election took place November 6, 2012. The primary election was held on May 8th.

Incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin won a special election in October 2011 to fill the remainder of Joe Manchin's unexpired term when Manchin won election to the U.S. Senate. In 2012, Tomblin ran for election to a four-year term of his own.

Heading into the May 8th primary election, he faced a familiar field: all four candidates in the race were also candidates in 2011. In the primary election, both Tomblin and Bill Maloney (R) won their respective primaries and faced off in the November 6th general election.[1]

Tomblin was favored, but Republican nominee Bill Maloney and the RGA tried to link the incumbent to President Obama and the national Democratic party.[2]

Heading into the general election, the major candidates spent approximately $1.8 million on campaign spending between September 24, 2012 and October 21, 2012.[3]

Republican candidate Bill Maloney accounted for $1 million of that spending, with most of Maloney's money going towards toward TV ads.[3] Incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin spent $780,619 during the reporting period but reported raising more than $501,000, with just over half that coming from fundraising events.[3] Maloney raised just $131,000 during the same time period, and also loaned his campaign another $750,000, bringing his self-funding total to $1 million.[3]

Tomblin reported a $330,000 cash on hand two weeks prior to the election, while Maloney had just under $90,000 cash on hand balance.[3]


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Key dates

  • Administrative deadlines were 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

Race tracking

See also: Ballotpedia Election Racetracking
2011 Race Rankings - West Virginia Governor
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report[4] Lean Democratic
Governing Politics[5] Leans Democrat
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball[6] Leans Democrat
Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard[7] No prediction yet
The Rothenberg Political Report[8] Lean Democrat
Overall Call Democrat

General election

Democratic Party Earl Ray Tomblin IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Maloney
Libertarian Party David Moran
Independent Barbara Lynn Spurlock (Write-in)
Independent Frankie Rocchetti (Write-in)
Independent Phil Hudok (Write-in)
Green Party#Mountain Party Jesse Johnson (Mountain Party)

Governor of West Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 50.4% 284,758
     Republican Bill Maloney 45.7% 258,376
     Mountain Jesse Johnson 2.6% 14,614
     Libertarian David Moran 1.4% 7,653
Total Votes 565,401
Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.


Primary election

Donkey symbol.png Democratic candidates

Governor of West Virginia Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin 84.4% 170,481
Arne Moltis 15.6% 31,587
Total Votes 202,068
Election Results Via:The West Virginia Secretary of State.


Gop logo2.jpg Republican candidates

Governor of West Virginia Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Maloney 83.5% 86,925
Ralph William Clark 16.5% 17,165
Total Votes 104,090
Election Results Via:The West Virginia Secretary of State.


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 9, 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.

Candidates

Democrats

Earl Ray Tomblin

Earl Ray Tomblin Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures)
Primary - First Report[9] April 6, 2012 $0.00 $1,044,664.00 $815.40 $(168,322.49)
General-First Report[10] September 28, 2012 $1,237,004.69 $312,633.69 $7,677.66 $(1,857,732.63)
Pre-general report[11] October 26, 2012 $608,918.20 $222,183.12 $942.00 $(780,618.67)

Arne Moltis

Arne Moltis submitted a Statement of Waiver for the First-Primary Reporting Period. To qualify for a waiver a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • To waive the Annual Report or the Primary– First Report during an election year, the total of all financial transactions relating to an election may not exceed $500 during the reporting period. (West Virginia Code §3-8-5(b)(1))
  • To waive the General- First Report, the total of all financial transactions relating to an election may not exceed $500 during the reporting period AND may not have any outstanding loans. (West Virginia Code §3-8-5(b)(4))[12]

Republicans

Bill Maloney

Bill Maloney Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures)
Primary - First Report[13]] April 6, 2012 $0.00 $303,037.99 $2,032.60 $(37,418.14)
General - First Report[14] September 28, 2012 $264,498.48 $9,602.00 $0.00 $(1,045,614.93)
Pre-general Report[15] October 26, 2012 $375,223.24 $75,291.67 $5,279.70 $(829,588.43)

Ralph William Clark

Ralph William Clark Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures)
Primary - First Report[16]] April 6, 2012 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $(4,736.81)

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