The Green Papers: West Virginia 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 12 May 2020
General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Saturday 25 January 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 12 May 2020 - Primary. Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC).
Friday 31 July 2020 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - General Election. Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EST (1130-0030 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
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
 

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West Virginia State and Local Government

West Virginia 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Candidates affiliated with a recognized political party who run for election in a primary election and who lose the nomination cannot change her or his voter registration to a minor party organization/unaffiliated candidate to take advantage of the later filing deadlines and have their name on the subsequent general election ballot.

The Democratic, Libertarian, Mountain, and Republican political parties are recognized in West Virginia. "No party" candidates include minor parties, unaffiliated or independent candidates.

The primary includes the Democratic and Republican parties. The Libertarian and Mountain parties nominate by convention.


Elections Frequently Asked Questions (under "Voting FAQs" => "When is the next election?) and (under "Voting FAQs" => "Who is running for office?") from the Secretary of State.

West Virginia Running for Office Guide from the Secretary of State.

Polling Hours from the Secretary of State.

2020 Elections Calendar from the Secretary of State.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 5 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2020

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator  Joseph "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. Won the special election for the term ending in Jaunary 2013 and the the concurrent regular election for the term ending January 2019: 6 November 2012, re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2024
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Senator  Joseph "Joe" Manchin, III
FEC S0WV00090

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  Shelley Moore Capito
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (5)
  Candidate Democratic     Paula Jean Swearengin
FEC S0WV00215
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Shelley Moore Capito
FEC S4WV00159; 30 Jun 19; Tot $1,672,830; Dsb $297,367
  Candidate Republican     Mark Hatfield
  Candidate Republican     Allen Whitt
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Franklin "Bruce" Riley
FEC S0WV00223

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Republican Governor  Jim Justice
First elected: 2016 (as a Democrat)
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
3 August 2017: Announced he was changing his affiliation from Democratic to Republican: "... tomorrow I will be changing my registration to Republican."
 Candidate list (14, 1 write-in)
  Candidate Democratic     Jody Murphy
  Candidate Democratic     Kanawha County Commissioner  Ben Salango
  Candidate Democratic     Stephen Noble Smith
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Ron D. Stollings
  Candidate Democratic     Edwin "Ed" Vanover
  Candidate Republican     Shelby Fitzhugh
  Candidate Republican     former state Delegate Mike Folk
  Candidate Republican     Rebecca Henderson
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Jim Justice
7 January 2019: Announced that he would run for re-election.
  Candidate Republican     Charles R. "Chuck" Sheedy, Sr.
  Candidate Republican     former state Commerce Secretary H. Wood "Woody" Thrasher
  Candidate Constitution     Larry Dwayne Trent
  Candidate Libertarian     Erika Klie Kolenich
  Candidate Independent     Dave Sartin
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Quintin Gerard Caldwell

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  David Bennett McKinley
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (4) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Natalie Cline
FEC H0WV01114; 30 Jun 19; Tot $11,085; Dsb $9,500
  Candidate Democratic     Jason H. Jones
  Candidate Democratic     Vi Tran
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  David Bennett McKinley
FEC H0WV01072; 30 Jun 19; Tot $238,467; Dsb $122,992

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Alexander Xavier "Alex" Mooney
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Catherine "Cathy" Kunkel
FEC H0WV02179
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Alexander Xavier "Alex" Mooney
FEC H4WV02080; 30 Jun 19; Tot $533,903; Dsb $101,380

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Carol Devine Miller
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (2) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Hilary Turner
FEC H0WV03151
  Candidate Democratic     Eugene "Lacy" Watson
FEC H0WV03144

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State Andrew "Mac" Warner
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     former Kanawha County Manager Brent Pauley
  Candidate Republican     Tyrin Smith-Holmes

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Republican Attorney General  Patrick James Morrisey
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Sam Petsonk

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Democratic Treasurer Johnny Duane "John" Perdue
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Republican Auditor John B. "J.B." McCuskey
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

Seat up for regular election Republican Agriculture Commissioner  Kent Leonhardt
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (5)
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Robert D. "Bob" Beach
  Candidate Democratic     Patricia A. Bunner
  Candidate Democratic     former Hardy County Commissioner William Keplinger, Jr.
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator David "Dave" Miller
  Candidate Republican     Roy Ramey
 

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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 incumbents, 19 candidates
  Republican: 9 incumbents, 13 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Mountain (affiliate of Green)
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
  No Party Affiliation: 1 candidate
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.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"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.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Constitution of West Virginia
Election Authority
  West Virginia Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  West Virginia Legislature
Democratic
  West Virginia Democratic Party
Republican
  West Virginia Republican Party
Third Party
  Constitution Party of West Virginia
  Justice Party of West Virginia
  Libertarian Party of West Virginia
  The Unity Party of West Virginia
  West Virginia Mountain Party
  West Virginians for Life
Media & others
  Bluefield Daily Telegraph
  Braxton Citizens' News - Sutton
  Charleston Daily Mail
  Charleston Gazette-Mail
  Charleston Newspapers
  Hampshire Review - Romney
  Keyser Mineral Daily News-Tribune
  Mountain Messenger - Lewisburg
  Politics1.com - West Virginia
  The Dominion Post - Morgantown
  The Herald-Dispatch - Huntington
  The Inter-Mountain - Elkins
  The Lincoln Journal - Hamlin
  The Morgan Messenger - Berkeley Springs
  The Parkersburg News & Sentinel
  The Register Herald - Beckley
  The State Journal - Charleston
  The Times - Fairmont
  The Wayne County News
  The Weston Democrat
  WBOY TV - NBC - Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown
  WDTV TV - CBS - Bridgeport
  West Virginia Blue
  West Virginia Metro News - Charleston
  Wheeling News-Register & Intelligencer
  WSAZ TV - NBC - Charleston, Huntington

 


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