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2016 West Virginia Senate election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2016 West Virginia Senate election

← 2014 November 8, 2016 2018 →

17 of the 34 seats in the West Virginia Senate
18 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Bill Cole.jpg
Jeff Kessler.jpg
Leader Bill Cole
(retired)
Jeff Kessler
(retired)
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat 6th district 2nd district
Seats before 18 16
Seats won 22 12
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 4
Popular vote 379,414 345,598
Percentage 52.3% 47.7%

Senate President before election

Bill Cole
Republican

Elected Senate President

Mitch Carmichael
Republican

The 2016 West Virginia Senate elections were held on November 8, 2016, as part of the biennial United States elections. Seventeen of West Virginia's 34 state senators were up for regular selection, along with an unexpired term for another seat. West Virginia Senate districts each have two elected representatives. State senators serve staggered four-year terms in West Virginia, with one senator from each district up in even-numbered years corresponding to presidential election years (such as 2016), and the other up in even-numbered years corresponding to presidential midterm years.

Primary elections in the state were held on May 10. After the previous 2014 state elections, Republicans held a slim majority in the Senate, holding 18 seats to the Democrats' 16. The Republican Party had long been the minority party in the Mountain State, but the decline of the strength of coal worker unions, the Democratic Party's increasing focus on environmentalism, the unpopularity of President Barack Obama, and the increasing social conservatism of the Republican Party have helped the GOP solidify power in the state rapidly since 2000.

The high popularity of candidate Donald Trump within the state and his 42-point margin of victory, helped the Republicans gain four seats. This can be attributed to the increasing association of the West Virginia Democratic Party with the national Democratic Party, and a strong year for the Republican Party nationally, in which they gained control of the presidency, and kept control of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Donald Trump won West Virginia with 68.5% of the vote, his largest share of the vote in any state. Trump's performance helped Republican Senate candidates down-ballot, as he won every senate district in the state.[1]

Following the state's 2016 Senate elections, Republicans maintained and increased their control of the Senate with 22 seats to the Democrats' 12.

Retirements

Four incumbents did not run for re-election in 2016. Those incumbents are:

Republicans

  1. District 6: Bill Cole: Retired to run in the 2016 Gubernatorial Election.

Democrats

  1. District 2: Jeff Kessler: Retired to run in the 2016 Gubernatorial Election.
  2. District 10: William Laird: Retired
  3. District 16: Herb Snyder: Retired

Incumbents defeated

In primary elections

Two incumbents were defeated in the May 10 primaries. Senator Bob Ashley was appointed to the 3rd Senate District and was the incumbent for the remainder of the unexpired term. However, Ashley chose to challenge fellow incumbent Senator Donna Boley for a full term.

Republican

  1. District 3: Bob Ashley lost nomination to fellow incumbent Donna Boley.

Democrat

  1. District 7: Art Kirkendoll lost renomination to Richard Ojeda.

In the general election

Republican

  1. District 8: Chris Walters lost to Glenn Jeffries.

Democrats

  1. District 1: Jack Yost lost to Ryan Weld.
  2. District 14: Bob Williams lost to Randy Smith.

Results summary

Votes, of total, by party

  Republican (51.83%)
  Democratic (47.21%)
  Libertarian (0.77%)
  Mountain (0.19%)

All results are certified by the Secretary of State of West Virginia.

Results[2]
West Virginia Senate 2016.svg
Party Votes Seats
Votes % Total
before
Up Won Total
after
±
Republican Party 379,414 51.83
18 8 12
22 / 34
Increase 4
Democratic Party 345,598 47.21
16 10 6
12 / 34
Decrease 4
Libertarian Party 5,619 0.77
0 0 0
0 / 34
Steady
Mountain Party 1,404 0.19
0 0 0
0 / 34
Steady
Popular vote
Republican
51.83%
Democratic
47.21%
Libertarian
0.77%
Mountain
0.19%
Senate seats
Republican
64.71%
Democratic
35.29%

Close races

District Winner Margin
District 12 Democratic 0.3%
District 4 Republican 2.1%
District 1 Republican (flip) 2.1%
District 11 Republican 2.1%
District 9 Republican 3.6%
District 16 Republican (flip) 5.6%
District 8 Democratic (flip) 6.2%
District 3

(Special)

Republican 9.3%
District 10 Republican (flip) 9.5%


Summary of results by State Senate District

State Senate District Incumbent Party Elected Senator Party
West Virginia 1 Jack Yost Dem Ryan Weld Rep
West Virginia 2 Jeff Kessler Dem Mike Maroney Rep
West Virginia 3 Donna Boley Rep Donna Boley Rep
West Virginia 3 (Special) Bob Ashley Rep Mike Azinger Rep
West Virginia 4 Mitch Carmichael Rep Mitch Carmichael Rep
West Virginia 5 Robert Plymale Dem Robert Plymale Dem
West Virginia 6 Bill Cole Rep Chandler Swope Rep
West Virginia 7 Art Kirkendoll* Dem Richard Ojeda Dem
West Virginia 8 Chris Walters* Rep Glenn Jeffries Dem
West Virginia 9 Sue Cline Rep Sue Cline Rep
West Virginia 10 William Laird Dem Kenny Mann Rep
West Virginia 11 Greg Boso Rep Greg Boso Rep
West Virginia 12 Doug Facemire Dem Doug Facemire Dem
West Virginia 13 Roman Prezioso Dem Roman Prezioso Dem
West Virginia 14 Bob Williams Dem Randy Smith Rep
West Virginia 15 Craig Blair Rep Craig Blair Rep
West Virginia 16 Herb Snyder Dem Patricia Rucker Rep
West Virginia 17 Corey Palumbo Dem Corey Palumbo Dem

Detailed results by State Senate District

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17

All results are certified by the Secretary of State of West Virginia.[3]

District 1

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 1st Senate District[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ryan Weld 21,191 51.07%
Democratic Jack Yost (incumbent) 20,303 48.93%
Total votes 41,494 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 2

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 2nd Senate District[5]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Maroney 6,585 54.30%
Republican Ginger Nalley 5,541 45.70%
Total votes 12,126 100.00%
General election
Republican Mike Maroney 22,902 54.30%
Democratic Lisa Zukoff 15,754 37.35%
Libertarian H. John Rogers 3,521 8.35%
Total votes 42,177 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 3

In 2016, both seats were up for election due to an unusual series of events. Republican Bob Ashley, who had been appointed to the Senate following the departure of David Nohe in 2015, chose to run in a primary against his fellow senator Donna Boley, leaving his own seat open and triggering a special election.[6]

Regular

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 3rd Senate District[7]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Donna Boley (incumbent) 11,508 62.97%
Republican Bob Ashley 3,398 18.59%
Republican John Riggs 3,368 18.43%
Total votes 18,274 100.00%
General election
Republican Donna Boley (incumbent) 27,172 64.70%
Democratic Bradley Vanzile 14,826 35.30%
Total votes 41,998 100.00%
Republican hold

Special

2016 West Virginia Senate special election, 3rd Senate District[8]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Azinger 9,065 60.72%
Republican Sam Winans 5,865 39.28%
Total votes 14,930 100.00%
General election
Republican Mike Azinger 23,034 54.64%
Democratic Gregory K. Smith 19,125 45.36%
Total votes 42,159 100.00%
Republican hold

District 4

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 4th Senate District[9]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mitch Carmichael (incumbent) 8,442 59.49%
Republican Dustin Lewis 5,749 40.51%
Total votes 14,191 100.00%
Democratic Brian Prim 6,999 58.77%
Democratic Bruce Ashworth 4,910 41.23%
Total votes 11,909 100.00%
General election
Republican Mitch Carmichael (incumbent) 22,032 51.05%
Democratic Brian Prim 21,123 48.95%
Total votes 43,155 100.00%
Republican hold

District 5

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 5th Senate District[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert Plymale (incumbent) 22,863 60.24%
Republican Tyson Smith 15,092 39.76%
Total votes 37,955 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 6

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 6th Senate District[11]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rocky Seay 8,618 64.64%
Democratic Brandon Barker 4,715 35.36%
Total votes 13,333 100.00%
General election
Republican Chandler Swope 20,776 57.11%
Democratic Rocky Seay 15,606 42.89%
Total votes 36,382 100.00%
Republican hold

District 7

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 7th Senate District[12]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Ojeda 11,154 55.17%
Democratic Art Kirkendoll (incumbent) 9,065 44.83%
Total votes 20,219 100.00%
Republican Jordan Bridges 2,807 57.04%
Republican Gary Johngrass 2,114 42.96%
Total votes 4,921 100.00%
General election
Democratic Richard Ojeda 19,978 58.82%
Republican Jordan Bridges 13,987 41.18%
Total votes 33,965 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 8

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 8th Senate District[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Glenn Jeffries 20,768 53.08%
Republican Chris Walters (incumbent) 18,357 46.92%
Total votes 39,125 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican

District 9

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 9th Senate District[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sue Cline (incumbent) 18,861 51.81%
Democratic Mike Goode 17,545 48.19%
Total votes 36,406 100.00%
Republican hold

District 10

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 10th Senate District[15]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kenny Mann 4,343 47.05%
Republican Tom Ewing 3,444 37.31%
Republican Dan Hill 1,443 15.64%
Total votes 9,230 100.00%
General election
Republican Kenny Mann 21,148 54.73%
Democratic Dave Perry 17,494 45.27%
Total votes 38,642 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 11

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 11th Senate District[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Boso (incumbent) 20,610 49.39%
Democratic Denise Campbell 19,718 47.25%
Mountain Bruce Breuninger 1,404 3.36%
Total votes 41,732 100.00%
Republican hold

District 12

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 12th Senate District[17]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Franklin Cornette 5,442 54.23%
Republican Derrick W. Love 4,593 45.77%
Total votes 10,035 100.00%
General election
Democratic Doug Facemire (incumbent) 21,295 50.13%
Republican Franklin Cornette 21,188 49.87%
Total votes 42,483 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 13

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 13th Senate District[18]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roman Prezioso (incumbent) 10,433 59.58%
Democratic Jack Oliver 7,078 40.42%
Total votes 17,511 100.00%
Republican Barry Bledsoe 4,615 58.17%
Republican James Clawson 3,318 41.83%
Total votes 7,933 100.00%
General election
Democratic Roman Prezioso (incumbent) 24,404 59.60%
Republican Barry Bledsoe 16,544 40.40%
Total votes 40,948 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 14

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 14th Senate District[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Smith 23,201 53.26%
Democratic Bob Williams (incumbent) 18,264 41.93%
Libertarian Matthew Persinger 2,098 4.82%
Total votes 43,563 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 15

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 15th Senate District[20]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Craig Blair (incumbent) 9,702 67.82%
Republican Larry Kump 4,604 32.18%
Total votes 14,306 100.00%
General election
Republican Craig Blair (incumbent) 32,475 70.44%
Democratic Brad Noll 13,629 29.56%
Total votes 46,104 100.00%
Republican hold

District 16

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 16th Senate District[21]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patricia Rucker 5,359 55.95%
Republican Joe Funkhouser 4,219 44.05%
Total votes 9,578 100.00%
Democratic Stephen Skinner 6,904 67.21%
Democratic David Manthos 3,368 32.79%
Total votes 10,272 100.00%
General election
Republican Patricia Rucker 22,499 52.79%
Democratic Stephen Skinner 20,122 47.21%
Total votes 42,621 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 17

2016 West Virginia Senate election, 17th Senate District[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Corey Palumbo (incumbent) 22,781 55.39%
Republican Chris Stansbury 18,345 44.61%
Total votes 41,126 100.00%
Democratic hold

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  3. ^ https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/WV/92360/Web02-state.222648/#/
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