2012 West Virginia Senate Race - Candidates, Debates and Primary Results

This page displays the information for the West Virginia senate race. This includes candidates, dates, and political views. The tables below show the candidates for the general election with an option to compare those candidates after the primary. This is followed by the primary candidates and the number of political views we have for each representative. Selecting one of these representatives takes you to the profile for this candidate and a full list of their political positions, speeches, and controversies.

2012 West Virginia Senate Race - General Election Candidates

General Election Candidates and Results
West Virginia senate election - class or district 1
60.5%394532DJoe Manchin
36.5%237825RJohn Raese
3%19231MNBob Baber
Election Information for West Virginia
Primary DateMay 08, 2012
General DateNovember 06, 2012
IncumbentJoe Manchin
Incumbent StatusSeeking Re-election
Election ProjectionSolid Democrat
Presidential Election2012 Election

2012 West Virginia Senate Race - Primary Election Candidates

Democrats - Primary Election
Democrat senate Primary Election in West Virginia - class or district 1
80%119725Joe Manchin18
20%30470Sheirl Fletcher0
Republicans - Primary Election
Republican senate Primary Election in West Virginia - class or district 1
100%61289John Raese15

Description of Election

The Situation

Former Governor Joe Manchin was elected in a special election two years ago after the passing of Senator Byrd and is running is his first general election. The state has seen a swing in recent years away from the Democratic party and towards the Republicans. This was seen in a Republican victory in House District 1 in 2010 and a stronger Republican showing in Democratic held House district 3.

There hasn't been a great deal of focus on the West Virginia Senate Race due to the lack of competition in the primary elections. However, the general election will likely be very close. Senator Manchin's incumbent status gives him a slight edge meaning that the election will be listed as "leaning Democrat" until polls show a Republican advantage.

The Candidates

Senator Manchin does not have much of a record in the Senate, having served only 1/3 of a term. This could mean that the general election will be more of an overall Republican versus Democrat election than one based on the record of the incumbent Senator. Senator Manchin is not facing a primary challenger.

The Republicans are running a single candidate in the primary and general election. Mr John Raese ran against Senator Byrd in 2006 and recieved less than 30% of the vote, but ran against Governor Manchin in the 2010 special election and recieved well over 40% of the vote.

Past Election Results

Election Results for Senate seat class 1 in West Virginia in 2010
Past Election Results - US Senate Seat Class 1 - West Virginia
Joe Manchin III
John Raese
Robert Byrd
John Raese
Robert Byrd
David Gallaher
Robert C. Byrd
Stan Klos
Robert C. Byrd
M. Jay Wolfe
Robert C. Byrd
Cleve Benedict