West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011

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The West Virginia special gubernatorial election was held on October 4, 2011, following a primary on May 14, 2011.[1] Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated Republican Bill Maloney, Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber, Independent candidate Marla Ingels, and American Third Position candidate Harry Bertram.

West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012. However, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as West Virginia does not have a lieutenant governor.

Multiple lawsuits sought to force a special election in 2011 for the remainder of Manchin's term rather than allow Tomblin to remain in office as an appointee until 2012, and on January 18, 2011, the West Virginia Supreme Court ordered a 2011 election in Citizen Action v. Tomblin - No. 101494.[2]

In the May primary, Earl Ray Tomblin and Bill Maloney easily won the respective Democratic and Republican nominations. The Mountain Party nominated Bob Henry Baber at the convention on the May 1st. Harry Bertram ran as an independent candidate.

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2 Race background
2.1 Citizen Action v. Tomblin
3 Race tracking

Key dates

  • As this is a special election for one specific office, these dates may not apply to other races in West Virginia.
  • Administrative deadlines are at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
Deadline Event
Feb. 12 Declaration of candidacy
Mar. 1 Withdrawal of candidacy
Apr. 25 Voter registration for the Primary election
Apr. 29-May 11 Early voting period for the primary
May 14 Primary election
Sept. 13 Voter registration for the General election
Sept. 21-Oct. 1 Early voting period for the general election
Oct. 4 General election

Race background

On June 28, 2010, West Virginia's senior Senator Robert Carlyle Byrd passed away. Despite an early opinion from West Virginia's Secretary of State that no special election would be held, the state's Attorney General later held that the state could legally hold a special election in 2010. The legislature passed a law setting the election dates and on November 2, 2010, Governor Joe Manchin won the seat.

With the governorship newly vacant, Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin ascended to the office while maintaining his elected state Senate seat and his role as President pro tem of the West Virginia State Senate. Tomblin had hoped to remain as the sitting interim Governor until the scheduled general election in 2012. However, some citizens took issues with his dual role in the executive and legislative branches and sought to force an earlier election.

Citizen Action v. Tomblin

In Citizen Action v. Tomblin, January 2011, the West Virginia Supreme Court unanimously agreed with the petitioners and ordered a 2011 election. Governor Tomblin stated he would abide by the ruling and indicated his preference for a May 14, 2011 primary and an August 6, 2011 general election. On January 19, 2011, eleven delegates introduced HB 2552, which would have set those dates and addressed electoral matters for future situations when the governor's seat is vacant.[3] The bill was first referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and later to the Finance Committee.

In the meantime, Governor Tomblin reconsidered election dates. On January 21, 2011, he announced June 20, 2011 to be the primary election date and October 4, 2011 to be the general election date.[4] June 20 was chosen in light of "West Virginia Day," a holiday memorializing the day West Virginia entered the Union in 1863.[5]

Within days, both the Democratic and Republican parties had put forth several candidates, some of whom also announced plans to run in the 2012 regular elections. Governor Tomblin is among those seeking the seat in the special election.

Race tracking

See also: Ballotpedia Election Racetracking
2011 Race Rankings for Governor of West Virginia
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Leans Democrat
Governing Politics Toss-up
The Cook Political Report Leans Democrat
The Rothenberg Political Report Leans Democrat
Overall Call Leans Democrat

References

Contents
1 Results
2 Polls

Results

Governor of West Virginia, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 49.6% 149,202
     Republican Bill Maloney 47% 141,656
     Mountain Party Bob Henry Baber 2% 6,083
     Independent Marla Ingels 1% 2,875
     American Third Position Harry Bertram 0.4% 1,111
     Write-In Phil Hudok 0% 76
     Write-In Donald Lee Underwood 0% 54
     Write-In John R. "Rick" Bartlett 0% 27
Total Votes 301,084
Election Results Via: West Virginia Secretary of State

Polls

Date of Poll Pollster Bill Maloney (R) Earl Ray Tomblin (D) Undecided Number polled
May 11-12 Public Policy Polling 35% 45% 25% 723
Sept 1-4 Public Policy Polling 40% 46% 14% 708

Contents
1 Results
2 Candidates
2.1 Democratic primary candidates
2.2 Republican primary candidates
2.3 Other
2.3.1 Mountain candidates
2.3.2 Independent candidates
3 Polls

Results

Eight Republicans and six Democrats filed by the 5:00 p.m., February 12, 2011 deadline to appear on the May 14, 2011 primary ballot.[1]

The primary saw far higher turnout for Democratic voters, in a race that Tomblin won easily.[2] Political neophyte Bill Maloney scored an even larger electoral win on the GOP side.


Gubernatorial Democratic Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party ApprovedaEarl Ray Tomblin 40.37%
     Democratic Party Jeffrey Kessler 5.30%
     Democratic Party Arnie Moltis 0.38%
     Democratic Party John D. Perdue 12.54%
     Democratic Party Natalie Tennant 17.30%
     Democratic Party Richard Thompson 24.11%
Total Votes 126,888


Gubernatorial Republican Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party ApprovedaBill Maloney 45.11%
     Republican Party Clark Barnes 9.58%
     Republican Party Mitch Carmichael 3.35%
     Republican Party Ralph William Clark 1.88%
     Republican Party Cliff Ellis 0.45%
     Republican Party Larry V. Faircloth 3.89%
     Republican Party Betty Ireland 30.91%
     Republican Party Mark Sorsaia 4.84%
Total Votes 61,134


Candidates

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Other

Mountain candidates

West Virginia's Mountain Party is the state affiliate of the Green Party.

  • Bob Henry Baber received the Mountain Party's nomination at their convention on May 1, 2011
  • Jesse Johnson withdrew his nomination to allow a unanimous vote for Baber.[3]

Independent candidates

Polls

An exhaustive January 2011 poll by Public Policy Polling found, after comparing the numerous possible combinations, that the GOP's only solid chance to pick up West Virginia in 2011 was in nominating Capito. That avenue, however, closed when she declined to run.[4]

An April 2011 poll by Public Policy Polling, taken after the period to announce a candidacy was closed, still showed the Democrats likely to retain the seat, with any likely Democratic nominee besting any likely Republican primary winner. That poll showed high numbers of undecided voters, meaning both parties have the potential to gain much more ground ahead of the general election.[5]

Democratic

Date of Poll Pollster Kessler Moltis Perdue Tennant Thompson Tomblin Undecided Number polled
May 11-12 Public Policy Polling 4% 1% 11% 17% 20% 33% 12% 742

Republican

Date of Poll Pollster Barnes Carmichael Clark Ellis Faircloth Ireland Maloney Sorsaia Undecided Number polled
May 11-12 Public Policy Polling 8% 14% 1% 0% 6% 31% 32% 4% 14% 314

Contents
1 Due dates for reports
2 Candidates
2.1 Earl Ray Tomblin
2.2 Bill Maloney
3 Former candidates

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

Due dates for reports

Due dates for the 2011 primary season are as follows:

Primary-first report due April 1, 2011

Pre-primary report due May 3, 2011

Independent expenditure reports due April 29 - May 13, 2011

Post-primary report due June 28, 2011

Due dates for the 2011 general season are as follows:

General-first report due August 26, 2011

Pre-general report due September 23, 2011

Independent expenditure reports due September 19 - October 3, 2011

Post-general report due November 15, 2011

  • Independent expenditure reports are required for large donations made close to the election. They are also included in the post-elections reports.
  • Individual reports for candidates are identified by the date the report the filed, not automatically by the due date.
  • Contributions includes all fundraising, donations, amounts rolled over from previous funds, and loans.

Candidates

Earl Ray Tomblin

Earl Ray Tomblin Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
Pre-Primary[6] May 3, 2011 $901,970.95 $776,604.37 $104.45 $(1,217,769.36) $460,805.96
Primary First (amended)[7] May 3, 2011 $0.00 $1,031,153.76 $1,427.44 $(129,182.81) $901,970.95
Primary First[8] April 1, 2011 $0.00 $1,031,153.76 $1,408.47 $(109,210.74) $921,943.02
First General[9] August 27, 2011 $31,895.37 $1,250,964.74 $5,719.82 $(2,246,820.98) $994,524.81
Pre-General[10] September 23, 2011 $987,781.79 $563,250.00 $2,686.81 $(3,520,034.35) $281,849.10

Bill Maloney

Bill Maloney Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
Pre-Primary[11] May 3, 2011 $330,376.42 $346,970.31 $2,120.23 $(367,801.25) $309,545.48
Primary First[12] April 1, 2011 $0.00 $389,170.00 $875.00 $(58,793.58) $330,376.42
First General[13] August 26, 2011 $87,868.75 $316,382.50 $9,238.74 $(1,517,153.66) $576,703.15
Pre-General[14] September 23, 2011 $579,402.24 $126,875.00 $200.00 $(2,291,739.47) $331,406.84

Bob Henry Baber

Bob Henry Baber Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
First General[15] August 26, 2011 $0.00 $3,097.76 $750.00 $(224.75) $2,873.01

Harry Bertram

Harry Bertram Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
First General[16] August 24, 2011 $0.00 $3,852.00 $0.00 $(2,514.92) $1,837.08
Pre-General[17] September 20, 2011 $1,837.08 $420.00 $0.00 $(4,584.17) $187.83

Marla Ingels

Marla Ingels Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions In-kind Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
First General[18] August 24, 2011 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $(87.27) $0.00
Pre-General[19] September 22, 2011 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $(87.27) $0.00

Former candidates

Jeffrey Kessler

Arnie Moltis

John D. Perdue

Natalie E. Tennant

Rick Thompson

Clark Barnes

Mitch B. Carmichael

Ralph William Clark

Cliff Ellis

Larry V. Faircloth

Betty Ireland

Mark A. Sorsaia

See also

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External links

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Democrats

Republicans

References

  1. West Virginia Watchdog, "Eight Republicans, Six Democrats File for Governor", February 13, 2011
  2. West Virginia Secretary of State, "Special Gubernatorial Primary Election May 14th, 2011", accessed May 16, 2011
  3. Independent Political Report, "West Virginia Mountain Party Nominates Bob Henry Baber For Governor", May 3, 2011
  4. Public Policy Polling, “Dems strong for WV gov. unless GOP nominates Capito”, January 26, 2011
  5. Public Policy Polling, “Tomblin and Democrats have edge to retain WV governorship”, April 27, 2011
  6. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Earl Ray Tomblin", May 3, 2011, 16:35
  7. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Earl Ray Tomblin", May 3, 2011, 731
  8. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Earl Ray Tomblin", April 1, 2011
  9. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Earl Ray Tomblin", August 27 2011
  10. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Earl Ray Tomblin", September 23, 2011
  11. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Bill Maloney", May 3, 2011
  12. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Bill Maloney", April 1, 2011
  13. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Bill Maloney", August 26, 2011
  14. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Bill Maloney", September 23, 2011
  15. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Bob Henry Baber", August 26, 2011
  16. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Harry Bertram", August 24, 2011
  17. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Harry Bertram", September 20, 2011
  18. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Marla Ingels", August 24, 2011
  19. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Marla Ingels", September 22, 2011
  20. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Jeffrey V. Kessler", May 3, 2011
  21. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Jeffrey V. Kessler", April 1, 2011
  22. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Jeffrey V. Kessler", March 29, 2011
  23. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Arnie Moltis", May 3, 2011
  24. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Arnie Moltis", March 29, 2011
  25. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, John D. Perdue", May 3, 2011
  26. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, John D. Perdue", April 1, 2011
  27. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Natalie E. Tennant", May 3, 2011
  28. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Natalie E. Tennant", May 3, 2011
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  30. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Rick Thompson", May 3, 2011, 16:08
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  33. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Rick Thompson", April 1, 2011
  34. West Virginia Secretary of State, "State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Clark Barnes", May 4, 2011
  35. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Clark Barnes", March 30, 2011
  36. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Mitch B. Carmichael", May 2, 2011
  37. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Mitch B. Carmichael", March 31, 2011
  38. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Ralph William Clark", May 3, 2011
  39. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Ralph William Clark", March 31, 2011
  40. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Cliff Ellis", April 29, 2011
  41. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Cliff Ellis", April 1, 2011
  42. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Larry V. Faircloth", May 2, 2011
  43. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Larry V. Faircloth", March 28, 2011
  44. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Betty Ireland", May 3, 2011
  45. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Betty Ireland", April 16, 2011
  46. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Betty Ireland", April 1, 2011
  47. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Mark A. Sorsaia", May 3, 2011
  48. West Virginia Secretary of State, “State of West Virginia Campaign Financial Statement (Long Form) in Relation to the 2011 Election Year, Mark A. Sorsaia", April 1, 2011