WV Democrats cross party lines in election
by Debbie Rolen
LOGAN – The much-awaited election of 2012 is now history and voters in West Virginia crossed party lines as they made their choices.
West Virginia has 1,246,559 registered voters, of which 640,532 (51 percent) are Democrats. Voter turnout was less than half of the total registered voters, but only 10 percent less than voters in the 2008 election.
This election had 647,391 West Virginians cast their ballots. Republican Mitt Romney carried every county in the state by a wide margin and won the state’s five electoral votes with 63 percent of the vote. President Barack Obama brought his percentage of votes up from 26 percent in 2008 to 36 percent.
Other Republicans elected included Shelley Moore Capito, who kept her seat with 70 percent; Patrick Morrissey upset long-time Attorney General Darrell McGraw with 51 percent; and Natalie Tennant kept her Secretary of State spot with 62 percent.
Democrats dominated most of the other races in West Virginia. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin took 50 percent of the vote; Sen. Joe Manchin won with 61 percent; Nick Joe Rahall kept his office with 54 percent; Delegates Harry White had 73 percent and Justin Marcum 68 percent.
For more election information, visit wvsos.gov.
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