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WEST VIRGINIA

WVPopulation: 1,844,128 (2015)

Filing deadline: January 30, 2016.

Primary: May 10, 2016.

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West Virginia (R+13) is a state that’s been galloping towards the GOP, starting with the Presidential election in 2000 and thus far culminating with a Republican takeover of the State Legislature in 2014. In 2010, the state was 94% White.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 5. Traditionally a Democratic state, since 2000 West Virginia has gone to the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican.

Joe Manchin. (Pic: Congress)

Joe Manchin. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Joe Man­chin (D)
Committee: Armed Forces, Commerce, Energy & Natural Resources, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: Joe Man­chin
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 14, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
State Senator and Governor Joe Man­chin (b.1947) was first elected to the Senate in a special election in 2010. He was re-elected in 2012 with 60%.

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Shelley Moore Capito. (Pic: Congress)

Shelley Moore Capito. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Shelley Moore Capito (R)
Committees
: Appropriations, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Shelley Moore Capito

Rating May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2014.

Status, May 14, 2016:
State Representative and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (b.1953) served in the House from 2000 and won this office with 61% in 2014.

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Repre­sen­ta­tives: 3 Repre­sen­tatives; all Republican.

David McKinley. (Pic: Congress)

David McKinley. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: David McKinley (R)
Committees
: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Mike Manypenny
Republican nominee: David McK­inley

Rating May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district covers the northern parts of the state, except for the northeastern corner. It is 96% White. Engineer and State Representative David McKinley (b.1947) was first elected in 2010, and took 64% in 2014. The Democrats are fielding former State Representative Mike Manypenny.

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Alex Mooney. (Pic: Congress)

Alex Mooney. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Alex Mooney (R)
Committees: Natural Resources, Budget.

Democratic nomineeMark Hunt
Republican nomineeAlex Mooney

Rating May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+11) covers the central parts of the state, plus the northeast. It is 93% white. Former Maryland State Senator, Alex Mooney (b.1971) held the seat for the GOP with 47% and a thin margin in 2014. The Dems nominated lawyer and former State Representative Mark Hunt.

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Evan Jenkins. (Pic: Congress)

Evan Jenkins. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Evan Jenkins (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeMatt Detch
Republican nomineeEvan Jenkins

Rating May 14, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+14) covers the southern parts of the state and is 94% White. Lawyer, State Senator and ex-Democrat Evan Jenkins (b.1960) knocked out the incumbent Democrat and took the seat for the GOP in 2014 with 55%. The Dems are running pub manager and former Secret Service agent Matt Detch.

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STATE LEVEL

Earl Ray Tomblin. (Pic: State of WV)

Earl Ray Tomblin. (Pic: State of WV)

Governor: Earl Ray Tom­blin (D)

Democratic nomineeJim Justice
Republican nomineeBill Cole

Rating May 14, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
State Senator Earl Ray Tom­blin (b.1952) was promoted when then Governor Joe Manchin transferred to the Senate in 2010. He won a special election in 2011 and took just over 50% in 2012. He is now term limited. The Dems nominated businessman and billionaire Jim Justice. The GOP nominated car dealer and State Senate President Bill Cole.

The State Senate President is next in line to the Governor’s office.

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Natalie Tennant. (Pic: State of WV)

Natalie Tennant. (Pic: State of WV)

Secretary of State: Natalie Ten­nant (D)

Democratic nominee: Natalie Ten­nant
Republican nomineeMac Warner

Rating May 14, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Businesswoman and TV-reporter Natalie Ten­nant (b.1967) was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 with 62%. She ran for Senate in 2014. The GOP nominated army lawyer and veteran Mac Warner.

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John Perdue. (Pic: State of WV)

John Perdue. (Pic: State of WV)

Treasurer­: John Perdue (D)

Democratic nomineeJohn Perdue
Republican nomineeAnn Urling

Rating May 14, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
John Perdue
(b.1950) was first elected in 1996 and won 55% in 2012. The GOP nominated banker Ann Urling.

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Glen Gainer. (Pic: State of WV)

Glen Gainer. (Pic: State of WV)

Auditor: Glen Gainer (D)

Democratic nomineeMary Ann Claytor
Republican nominee: J. B. McCusky

Rating May 14, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Glen Gainer
(b.1960) took over the office in 1993 after his father and took 58% in 2012. He is not seeking re-election. The Dems somewhat surprisingly nominated accountant Mary Ann Claytor. The GOP nominated lawyer and State Representative J. B. McCusky.

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Patrick Morrisey. (Pic: State of WV)

Patrick Morrisey. (Pic: State of WV)

Attorney General­: Pat­rick Mor­risey (R)

Democratic nominee: Doug Reynolds
Republican nominee: Pat­rick Mor­risey

Rating May 14, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer Pat­rick Mor­risey (b.1967) beat a five term incumbent Democrat with 51% in 2012. The Democrats are running lawyer and State Representative Doug Reynolds.

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Walter Helmick. (Pic: State of WV)

Walter Helmick. (Pic: State of WV)

Agriculture Commissioner: Walt Hel­mick (D)

Democratic nominee: Walt Hel­mick
Republican nomineeKent Leonhardt

Rating May 14, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Businessman and State Senator Walt Hel­mick (b.1944) was first elected in 2012 with 52% against farmer and State Senator Kent Leonhardt, who is running again.

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State Senate: 34 (16D / 18R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 100 (36D / 64R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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