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United States presidential election in West Virginia, 2012

United States presidential election in West Virginia, 2012

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Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 5 0
Popular vote 417,655 238,269
Percentage 62.30% 35.54%

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County Results
Romney
  50-60%
  60-70%
  70-80%
  80-90%


President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in West Virginia took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. West Virginia voters chose five electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, against Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan.

On election day, Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama in the state of West Virginia by a landslide 26.76% margin. The Republican ticket took 62.30% of the vote to the Democratic ticket's 35.54%, and also swept every county in the state.[1] Romney became the first presidential candidate from any party since West Virginia's admission to the Union in 1863 to sweep every single county in the state and the first Republican candidate since Richard Nixon in 1972 to carry over 60% of the state's votes.[2] This represented a historic loss for the Democrats in West Virginia, which had been a Democratic stronghold from the New Deal up through the 1990s.

With 62.14% of the popular vote, West Virginia would prove to be Romney's fifth strongest state in the 2012 election after Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Idaho.[3]

General Election

Results

United States presidential election in West Virginia, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 417,655 62.30% 5
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 238,269 35.54% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 6,302 0.94% 0
Mountain (Green) Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 4,406 0.66% 0
No Affiliation Randall Terry 3,806 0.57% 0
Totals 670,438 100.00% 5

By county

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Barbour County 30.69% 1,768 66.38% 3,824 2.93% 169 5,761
Berkeley County 38.40% 14,275 59.60% 22,156 1.99% 741 37,172
Boone County 32.82% 2,790 64.32% 5,467 2.86% 243 8,500
Braxton County 41.59% 1,998 56.72% 2,725 1.69% 81 4,804
Brooke County 43.09% 4,005 54.44% 5,060 2.46% 229 9,294
Cabell County 42.21% 13,568 55.95% 17,985 1.84% 591 32,144
Calhoun County 37.06% 818 59.76% 1,319 3.17% 70 2,207
Clay County 30.91% 931 65.44% 1,971 3.65% 110 3,012
Doddridge County 20.77% 575 76.92% 2,130 2.31% 64 2,769
Fayette County 38.51% 5,419 59.35% 8,350 2.14% 301 14,070
Gilmer County 33.48% 840 63.57% 1,595 2.95% 74 2,509
Grant County 15.66% 718 82.49% 3,783 1.85% 85 4,586
Greenbrier County 36.33% 4,710 61.17% 7,930 2.49% 323 12,963
Hampshire County 28.79% 2,299 69.16% 5,523 2.05% 164 7,986
Hancock County 38.18% 4,627 59.63% 7,226 2.19% 265 12,118
Hardy County 28.68% 1,482 68.42% 3,536 2.90% 150 5,168
Harrison County 37.22% 9,732 60.72% 15,876 2.06% 539 26,147
Jackson County 33.39% 3,854 64.17% 7,408 2.44% 282 11,544
Jefferson County 46.97% 10,398 50.85% 11,258 2.18% 482 22,138
Kanawha County 43.26% 32,480 55.10% 41,364 1.64% 1,233 75,077
Lewis County 27.61% 1,736 69.59% 4,375 2.80% 176 6,287
Lincoln County 32.66% 2,227 64.29% 4,383 3.05% 208 6,818
Logan County 29.04% 3,469 68.83% 8,222 2.13% 255 11,946
Marion County 41.59% 8,959 55.96% 12,054 2.46% 529 21,542
Marshall County 34.72% 4,484 62.98% 8,135 2.30% 297 12,916
Mason County 38.59% 3,778 58.65% 5,741 2.76% 270 9,789
McDowell County 34.08% 2,109 63.98% 3,959 1.94% 120 6,188
Mercer County 25.53% 5,432 72.62% 15,450 1.85% 394 21,276
Mineral County 26.28% 2,885 71.35% 7,833 2.38% 261 10,979
Mingo County 27.50% 2,428 70.11% 6,191 2.39% 211 8,830
Monongalia County 43.93% 13,826 53.47% 16,831 2.60% 818 31,475
Monroe County 27.92% 1,455 69.38% 3,616 2.71% 141 5,212
Morgan County 33.55% 2,363 64.07% 4,513 2.39% 168 7,044
Nicholas County 30.32% 2,664 67.14% 5,898 2.54% 223 8,785
Ohio County 37.89% 6,786 60.12% 10,768 1.99% 357 17,911
Pendleton County 33.16% 1,074 64.68% 2,095 2.16% 70 3,239
Pleasants County 33.63% 955 64.26% 1,825 2.11% 60 2,840
Pocahontas County 36.44% 1,303 61.02% 2,182 2.54% 91 3,576
Preston County 26.28% 2,931 70.72% 7,889 3.0% 335 11,155
Putnam County 30.65% 7,256 67.72% 16,032 1.63% 385 23,673
Raleigh County 26.84% 7,739 71.50% 20,614 1.65% 476 28,829
Randolph County 34.26% 3,342 63.15% 6,160 2.58% 252 9,754
Ritchie County 20.27% 768 77.11% 2,921 2.61% 99 3,788
Roane County 38.42% 1,939 59.08% 2,982 2.50% 126 5,047
Summers County 34.23% 1,621 62.96% 2,981 2.81% 133 4,735
Taylor County 32.85% 1,941 65.00% 3,840 2.15% 127 5,908
Tucker County 28.04% 880 69.34% 2,176 2.61% 82 3,138
Tyler County 27.14% 890 70.57% 2,314 2.29% 75 3,279
Upshur County 26.08% 2,158 71.79% 5,939 2.13% 176 8,273
Wayne County 35.34% 4,931 62.26% 8,688 2.41% 336 13,955
Webster County 34.37% 947 62.07% 1,710 3.56% 98 2,755
Wetzel County 37.86% 2,217 59.31% 3,473 2.83% 166 5,856
Wirt County 31.14% 676 65.73% 1,427 3.13% 68 2,171
Wood County 33.05% 11,230 65.29% 22,183 1.66% 564 33,977
Wyoming County 21.04% 1,583 76.68% 5,769 2.27% 171 7,523

Democratic primary

Barack Obama defeated Keith Judd, a convicted felon serving a federal prison sentence in Texarkana, TX, by a surprisingly narrow 59% to 41%.[4]

West Virginia Democratic primary, 2012

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Candidate Barack Obama Keith Judd
Home state Illinois Texas
Delegate count 24 0
Popular vote 106,770 73,138
Percentage 59.35% 40.65%

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West Virginia results by county
  Barack Obama
  Keith Judd

Republican primary

The Republican primary took place on May 8, 2012.[5][6]

West Virginia Republican primary, 2012[7]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count
CNN GP
America Symbol.svg Mitt Romney 78,197 69.56% 24
Rick Santorum (withdrawn) 13,590 12.09% 2
Ron Paul 12,412 11.04% 0
Newt Gingrich (withdrawn) 7,076 6.29% 0
Buddy Roemer (withdrawn) 1,141 1.01% 0
Unprojected delegates 31 5
Total: 112,416 100% 31 31
West Virginia Republican primary, 2012

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Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Delegate count 24 2
Popular vote 78,197 13,590
Percentage 69.56% 12.09%

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Candidate Ron Paul Newt Gingrich
Home state Texas Georgia
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 12,412 7,076
Percentage 11.04% 6.29%

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West Virginia results by county
  Mitt Romney
(Note: Italicization indicates a withdrawn candidacy)
County by County Results (actual votes in parentheses) [8]
County Mitt Romney Ron Paul Rick Santorum
(withdrawn)
Newt Gingrich
(withdrawn)
Buddy Roemer
(withdrawn)
Barbour 66.96% (983) 9.20% (135) 15.94% (234) 7.49% (110) 0.41% (6)
Berkeley 69.31% (4366) 14.92% (940) 10.29% (648) 4.84% (305) 0.64% (40)
Boone 70.28% (454) 10.68% (69) 14.55% (94) 3.41% (22) 1.08% (7)
Braxton 68.44% (399) 13.89% (81) 12.35% (72) 4.12% (24) 1.20% (7)
Brooke 69.46% (778) 10.36% (116) 15.09% (169) 4.64% (52) 0.45% (5)
Cabell 69.09% (3351) 12.60% (611) 11.34% (550) 5.77% (280) 1.20% (58)
Calhoun 66.78% (191) 11.89% (34) 12.24% (35) 5.59% (16) 3.50% (10)
Clay 67.01% (262) 10.49% (41) 13.30% (52) 7.42% (29) 1.79% (7)
Doddridge 67.36% (997) 10.61% (157) 12.23% (181) 8.31% (123) 1.49% (22)
Fayette 66.54% (891) 12.02% (161) 12.70% (170) 7.17% (96) 1.57% (21)
Gilmer 70.44% (255) 7.73% (28) 11.05% (40) 9.94% (36) 0.83% (3)
Grant 78.16% (1403) 6.07% (109) 8.30% (149) 6.35% (114) 1.11% (20)
Greenbrier 68.13% (1366) 11.12% (223) 13.12% (263) 6.43% (129) 1.20% (24)
Hampshire 72.70% (1270) 8.59% (150) 12.08% (211) 5.72% (100) 0.92% (16)
Hancock 70.04% (1302) 11.62% (216) 13.07% (243) 3.98% (74) 1.29% (24)
Hardy 69.75% (611) 8.22% (72) 13.93% (122) 6.62% (58) 1.48% (13)
Harrison 67.88% (2715) 10.95% (438) 12.03% (481) 8.25% (330) 0.90% (36)
Jackson 65.87% (2030) 11.36% (350) 13.98% (431) 7.66% (236) 1.14% (35)
Jefferson 67.98% (1771) 16.08% (419) 10.13% (264) 4.99% (130) 0.81% (21)
Kanawha 71.73% (7295) 11.62% (1182) 10.55% (1073) 5.18% (527) 0.91% (93)
Lewis 73.98% (1288) 7.41% (129) 10.17% (177) 7.35% (128) 1.09% (19)
Lincoln 71.69% (504) 8.53% (60) 10.38% (73) 7.54% (53) 1.85% (13)
Logan 67.71% (388) 9.77% (56) 15.01% (86) 6.46% (37) 1.05% (6)
Marion 64.57% (1775) 11.13% (306) 15.61% (429) 6.91% (190) 1.78% (49)
Marshall 71.67% (1687) 8.54% (201) 13.04% (307) 5.82% (137) 0.93% (22)
Mason 66.04% (1641) 11.11% (276) 13.48% (335) 7.69% (191) 1.69% (42)
McDowell 62.81% (152) 12.81% (31) 15.70% (38) 8.26% (20) 0.41% (1)
Mercer 72.24% (1884) 8.51% (222) 12.08% (315) 6.40% (167) 0.77% (20)
Mineral 70.54% (1722) 10.00% (244) 12.04% (294) 6.72% (164) 0.70% (17)
Mingo 69.21% (272) 7.63% (30) 12.21% (48) 8.91% (35) 2.04% (8)
Monongalia 66.40% (2826) 14.14% (602) 11.63% (495) 6.72% (286) 1.10% (47)
Monroe 65.27% (671) 12.55% (129) 12.16% (125) 8.46% (87) 1.56% (16)
Morgan 68.77% (1240) 13.09% (236) 11.09% (200) 5.60% (101) 1.44% (26)
Nicholas 69.78% (875) 9.81% (123) 12.28% (154) 7.10% (89) 1.04% (13)
Ohio 76.43% (2775) 8.84% (321) 10.52% (382) 3.58% (130) 0.63% (23)
Pendleton 75.64% (354) 7.26% (34) 11.54% (54) 4.70% (22) 0.85% (4)
Pleasants 66.26% (381) 10.78% (62) 16.70% (96) 5.57% (32) 0.70% (4)
Pocahontas 63.05% (558) 14.01% (124) 13.56% (120) 8.47% (75) 0.90% (8)
Preston 66.95% (2032) 10.48% (318) 15.32% (465) 6.39% (194) 0.86% (26)
Putnam 70.34% (3891) 11.26% (623) 12.26% (678) 5.28% (292) 0.87% (48)
Raleigh 73.23% (2992) 7.73% (316) 11.75% (480) 6.78% (277) 0.51% (21)
Randolph 68.43% (969) 9.25% (131) 13.14% (186) 7.84% (111) 1.34% (19)
Ritchie 65.27% (1000) 13.97% (214) 12.01% (184) 7.18% (110) 1.57% (24)
Roane 69.95% (866) 9.94% (123) 11.31% (140) 7.43% (92) 1.37% (17)
Summers 67.24% (388) 10.40% (60) 11.96% (69) 9.01% (52) 1.39% (8)
Taylor 67.82% (784) 11.76% (136) 12.63% (146) 7.44% (86) 0.35% (4)
Tucker 69.29% (422) 11.33% (69) 9.85% (60) 9.03% (55) 0.49% (3)
Tyler 68.46% (675) 11.76% (116) 11.97% (118) 6.39% (63) 1.42% (14)
Upshur 69.12% (2344) 9.20% (312) 13.65% (463) 6.69% (227) 1.33% (45)
Wayne 66.79% (1076) 10.12% (163) 14.65% (236) 7.76% (125) 0.68% (11)
Webster 64.65% (139) 10.70% (23) 15.35% (33) 6.98% (15) 2.33% (5)
Wetzel 69.53% (566) 8.35% (68) 16.46% (134) 5.28% (43) 0.37% (3)
Wirt 63.00% (332) 11.57% (61) 16.32% (86) 8.92% (47) 0.19% (1)
Wood 70.20% (5422) 11.64% (899) 10.72% (828) 6.42% (496) 1.02% (79)
Wyoming 75.58% (616) 7.61% (62) 9.08% (74) 6.87% (56) 0.86% (7)

See also

References

  1. ^ "WV Secretary of State". Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Thomas, G. Scott; The Pursuit of the White House: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics and History, pp. 459-460 ISBN 0313257957
  3. ^ "2012 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ [www.cbsnews.com]
  5. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Secretary of State official results
  8. ^ "WV SOS Election Results Center". May 8, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012.

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