The Green Papers: West Virginia 2011 Off-Year Election
 
This page is for offices up for election in 2011. Find 2012 elections here.
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Special Primary Governor: Saturday 14 May 2011
Special Election Governor: Tuesday 4 October 2011
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2000 Census:1,813,077 (0.64% of 281,998,273)
2002, 2008 Electoral Votes:5(0.93% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:3(0.69% of 435)
2010 Census:1,859,815 (0.60% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:5(0.93% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:3(0.69% of 435)
Capital:Charleston
Saturday 14 May 2011 polling hours 6:30a EDT (1030 UTC) to 7:30p EDT (2330 UTC).
Tuesday 4 October 2011 polling hours 6:30a EDT (1030 UTC) to 7:30p EDT (2330 UTC).
 

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West Virginia State and Local Government

West Virginia 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


U.S. Senate vacancies. "If the vacancy occurs less than two years and six months before the end of the term, the Governor appoints someone to fill the unexpired term and there is no election. If the vacancy occurs 2 years and 6 months or more before the end of the term, the Governor appoints someone to serve until the unexpired term is filled at the ... next ... General Election...." [West Virginia Code 3-10-3]


Saturday 14 May 2011 Special Gubernatorial Primary and Tuesday 4 October 2011 Special Gubernatorial General Election information from an official source.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 112th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, III
First elected in a special election to a partial term to fill the vacancy caused by the 28 June 2010 death of Senator Robert C. Byrd (Democratic): 2 November 2010. He replaces Senator Carte P. Goodwin (Democrat) who had been appointed by Governor Joe Manchin (Democratic) to temporarily fill the vacancy until the special election.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
  Candidate Democratic     former Gilmer County Schools Superintendent John D. Bennett
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Joe Manchin, III
FEC S0WV00090; 30 Sep 11; Tot $1,570,868; Dsb $282,015
 

In 2012 there will be 2 elections for this Senate Class 1 seat-- both held on 6 November 2012- the date of the General Election. The candidate who wins the 6 November 2012 special election will serve from November 2012 until January 2013. The candidate who wins the regular election will serve from January 2013 until January 2019. Reference: West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's Statement On Procedure To Fill Vacant Senate Seat.


Class 2 Democratic Senator John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller, IV
First elected: 1984; re-elected: 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
Ascended to the Governor's chair as acting Governor when Governor Joe Manchin, III resigned to take office as a U.S. Senator: 15 November 2010. First elected in a Special Election: 4 October 2011.
Chair up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Special Election: Tuesday 4 October 2011.
Next regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
  Candidate Democratic     Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
  Candidate Republican     Ralph William "Bill" Clark
  Candidate Republican     Bill Maloney
  Candidate Republican     Joseph Oliverio
  Candidate Republican     Scott "Cody" Regan
  Candidate Constitution     Phil Hudok
  

On 18 January 2011, the West Virginia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state must hold a Special Gubernatorial Election by 15 November 2011. Reference: Citizen Action v. Tomblin - No. 101494. Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (Democratic) thought he could serve until the next regular election on Tuesday 6 November 2012. He ascended to the Governor's chair when Governor Joe Manchin, III (Democratic) resigned on 15 November 2010 to take office as a U.S. Senator.

HB 2552 was introducd on 19 January 2011. The bill would create a 14 May 2011 Special Gubernatorial Partisan Primary and a 6 August 2011 Special Gubernatorial Election.

On 21 January 2011, acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin stated he would issue a proclamation for the Special Gubernatorial Election: 20 June (West Virginia Day - a state holiday) for the partisan primary and 4 October for the election.

7 February 2011: Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed HB 2853 / SB 261. These bills establish a 14 May 2011 Special Gubernatorial Primary for the Democratic, Republican, and Mountain Parties, a 21 May 2011 petition deadline for others, and a 4 October 2011 General Election. The filing deadline for the partisan primary is 12 February 2011. The Bill amends [ARTICLE 10. FILLING VACANCIES. 3-10-2. Vacancy in office of Governor.]


Seat up for election
Special Election
Democratic
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 October 2011
Special Election - The Saturday 14 May 2011 Primary is for the Democratic and Republican parties. The Mountain Party (the Green Party affiliate) may nominate a candidate for the Tuesday 4 October 2011 Special General Election by convention. Others may qualify for the the Special General Election by petition.
  Elected Democratic 148,625 49.60% acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
18 January 2011: "I am a candidate for governor and I intend to win."
  Candidate Republican 140,631 46.93% Bill Maloney
  Candidate Mountain 6,049 2.02% Bob Henry Baber
1 May 2011: Nominated by Convention
  Candidate Independent 2,838 0.95% Marla Dee Ingels
  Candidate American Third Position 1,099 0.37% Harry Bertram
  Candidate Write-in 426 0.14% Write Ins
Total 299,668 100.00%  
  

Saturday 14 May 2011 Special Democratic and Republican Primary for Governor
Returns from the West Virginia Secretary of State.
Results from WSAZ.
Results from the Associated Press.

Tuesday 4 October 2011-- SPECIAL ELECTION for GOVERNOR of WEST VIRGINIA
Returns from the West Virginia Secretary of State.
Results from the Associated Press.
Results from Metro News.


112th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2010, 2012. No Term Limit. 112th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Republican (2 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 1 Republican Congressman David B. McKinley
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Democratic     former Congressman Alan Bowlby Mollohan
FEC H2WV01029; 30 Sep 11; Tot $0; Dsb $9,927
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Michael Angelo "Mike" Oliverio, II
FEC H0WV01106; 30 Sep 11; Tot $13,208; Dsb $10,310
  Candidate Democratic     Susan Carol "Sue" Thorn
FEC H2WV01094
  Candidate Republican     Congressman David B. McKinley
FEC H0WV01072; 30 Sep 11; Tot $1,010,201; Dsb $239,467
  Candidate Republican     Daniel Scott Swisher
FEC H0WV01031
  Candidate Independent     Raymond V. Davis, III

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 2 Republican Congressman Shelley Moore Capito
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Shelley Moore Capito
FEC H0WV02138; 30 Sep 11; Tot $722,151; Dsb $208,283
  Candidate Republican     state Delegate Jonathan Miller
FEC H2WV02126; 30 Sep 11; Tot $8,847; Dsb $4,460

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 3 Democratic Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, II
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, II
FEC H6WV04057; 30 Sep 11; Tot $429,495; Dsb $177,953

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012

  Democratic Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant
First elected: 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
19 January 2011: Running for Governor in 2011.
14 May 2011: Lost the special primary for Governor.

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012

  Democratic Attorney General Darrell V. McGraw, Jr.
First elected: 1992; re-elected: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012

  Democratic Treasurer John D. Perdue
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004, 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
11 February 2011: Candidate for Governor in the Special Election

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012

  Democratic Auditor Glen B. Gainer, III
First elected: 1992; re-elected: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012

  Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass
First elected: 1964; re-elected: 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984. Unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 1988. Elected: 1992; re-elected: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
Open Seat - 17 May 2011: Commissioner Douglass, 84, announced he will not seek re-election in 2012.
  Candidate Democratic     Wayne Casto
  Candidate Democratic     Joe Messineo
  Candidate Democratic     Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Stephen B. "Steve" Miller
  Candidate Democratic     John "OB" Oblinger
  Candidate Democratic     Deputy State Agriculture Commissioner Bob Tabb
  Candidate Republican     Hardy County Commissioner James Michael "Mike" Teets
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 10 incumbents, 13 candidates
  Republican: 2 incumbents, 10 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  American Third Position: 1 candidate
  Mountain (affiliate of Green): 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


 


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