|WEST VIRGINIA||5 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, West Virginia Secretary of State)
West Virginia has: 55 counties.
Five largest counties: Kanawha, Cabell, Wood, Raleigh, Monongalia.
of West Virginia
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Both campaigns put significant resources into West Virginia. September saw considerable activity by the candidates, but in October visits dwindled markedly. Bush carried 46 counties to Kerry's 9 and ended up more than doubling his 2000 plurality to 97,237 votes (12.86 percentage points). Over 107,000 more people voted in the presidential race in 2004 as compared to 2000; registration in 2004 was a bit over 100,000 more than in 2000.
General Election Details
Voter Registration: 1,066,349 - Dem. 658,945 (61.79%), Rep. 309,528 (29.03%), Lib 964, Indep. and Other 96,912 (9.09%)
Bush carried this reliably Democratic state despite a two-to-one registration advantage for Democrats. The Bush-Cheney ticket won with a plurality of 40,978 votes (6.33 percentage points). Bush carried 42 counties to Gore's 13. Concerns among coal miners about Gore's environmental positions, among steel workers about foreign dumping, and among gun owners hurt the Vice President. In the open second congressional district race, Republican Shelley Moore Capito picked up a seat despite running against the top spending House candidate in the country, Jim Humphries ($6.9 million).
General Election Activity
|Notes: West Virginia has three official parties: the Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians. On April 7, 1999 Gov. Underwood signed SB 591 into law, making ballot access markedly more difficult for minor party and independent candidates by increasing the required number of signatures from one percent of votes cast in the last election to two percent. 6,365 signatures were required before June 11, 1999 and 12, 730 after. The Natural Law Party successfully petitioned to get on the ballot in 1999. The Reform Party submitted petitions on August 1, 2000 containing 14,871 valid signatures, 2,141 more than required. Nader supporters turned in 7,111 valid signatures, short of the number required, but the Nader campaign went to court, and the Green Party made the ballot as a result of a Sept. 15, 2000 decision by Judge Charles H. Haden, II of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia.|
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