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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
State Presidential Convention Delegates Selected: Tuesday 1 January - Monday 14 January 2008
State Presidential Convention: Tuesday 5 February 2008
Primary: Tuesday 13 May 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
McCain, John Sidney, III90,469  76.01%9  30.00%28  93.33%
Huckabee, Michael Dale "Mike"12,260  10.30%18  60.00% 
Paul, Ronald Ernest "Ron"6,000   5.04% 2   6.67%
Romney, Mitt5,242   4.40%  
Giuliani, Rudolph William2,875   2.42%  
Keyes, Alan L.1,441   1.21%  
Curry, Jerry Ralph728   0.61%  
Uncommitted 3  10.00% 
Total119,015 100.00%30 100.00%30 100.00%

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Tuesday 13 May 2008 Statewide primary results from an Official source.

The Tuesday 13 May 2008 Republican ballot will list Jerry Ralph Curry (Haymarket, Virginia); Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John S. McCain, Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney.

Here's how we compute the delegate count:

  1. The candidate receiving the most votes in each CD is awarded 3 delegates.
Tuesday 13 May 2008 Primary
Preliminary Returns as of 11:00 AM EDT 14 May 2008
100% of the counties reporting
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State
Statewide118,136089,65475.890% 12,18410.314% 
Delegates 9  9   


Tuesday 5 February 2008

Mike Huckabee wins the West Virginia Presidential Convention on the second ballot: Mitt Romney was the leader in the first round of voting but is was still short of the required majority necessary to gain all National Convention delegates up for grabs in the Mountaineer State.

All 18 At-Large Republican National Convention delegates from West Virginia are pledged to the winner of a majority of the delegates attending today's State Presidential Convention (for which said delegates were chosen from 1 through 14 January last): a maximum of 3 Roll Calls will take place until a majority is secured by a presidential contender, with the third- if necessary- taking place between the top two finshers, short of a majority, on the second Roll Call. (West Virginia will pledge 9 District delegates in a Tuesday 13 May 2008 Presidential Primary).


Results from a party source:

First round of voting:
MIKE HUCKABEE - 375 votes (33%)
JOHN McCAIN - 176 votes (16%)
RON PAUL - 118 votes (10%)
MITT ROMNEY - 464 votes (41%)

Because no candidate won a majority of the delegate votes, a second round of voting took place between the top three vote-getters: Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Second round of voting:
MIKE HUCKABEE - 567 (51.55%)
JOHN McCAIN - 521 (47.36%)
MITT ROMNEY - 12 (1.09%)

Mike Huckabee received more than 50% of the vote in the second round and so wins 18 delegates.


Tuesday 1 January - Monday 14 January 2008. Delegates to the State Presidential Convention are selected. The delegates consist of the West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, members of each of the County Executive Committee, Republican members of the West Virginia Legislature, Republican members of the Board of Public Works, and 1 delegate for every 1,000 registered Republicans (or fraction thereof) in each of the 55 counties. In addition, counties that cast a majority of their vote for Republican nominee in the last Presidential election receive 1 bonus delegate for every 4 delegates allocated on the basis of registered Republicans.


Tuesday 5 February 2008. 18 of West Virginia's 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention are selected by a roll call vote at the State Presidential Convention.

  • If a Presidential Candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote on the first roll call, that candidate receives all 18 At-Large National Delegates.
  • If no candidate receives more than 50 percent on the first roll call vote, a second roll call vote is taken among the three highest vote getters.
  • If a candidate receives more than 50 percent on the second roll call vote, that candidate receives all 18 At-Large National Delegates.
  • If no candidate receives more than 50 percent on the second roll call vote, a third roll call vote is taken between the two highest vote getters.
  • The candidate receiving more than 50 percent in the third roll call vote receives all 18 At-Large National Delegates.

Tuesday 13 May 2008: 9 of West Virginia's 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention will be elected in the West Virginia Presidential Primary.

  • 9 district delegates (3 delegates from each of the state's 3 Congressional Districts) are individually listed on the ballot with their presidential preferences indicated. The candidate receiving the most votes in each Congressional District receives that District's 3 delegates.

In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the West Virginia's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.

Congressional Districts  

West Virginia has 55 counties and 3 congressional districts: all 55 counties are wholly within a given congressional district and no county is divided among more than one congressional district.

  • CD 1: Barbour, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Wetzel and Wood.
  • CD 2: Berkeley, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Hampshire, Hardy, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Mason, Morgan, Pendleton, Putnam, Randolph, Roane, Upshur and Wirt.
  • CD 3: Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming.


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