1984 United States Senate election in West Virginia

The 1984 United States Senate election in West Virginia was held on November 6, 1984. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph chose to retire and did not run for re-election to a fifth term, and was succeeded by West Virginia Governor Jay Rockefeller, who defeated Republican John Raese in one of the closer races of the year.

1984 United States Senate election in West Virginia

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  Jay Rockefeller giving a speech aboard the USS Stump, July 2, 1984.JPEG John Raese.jpg
Nominee Jay Rockefeller John Raese
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 374,233 344,680
Percentage 51.8% 47.7%

1984 United States Senate election in West Virginia results map by county.svg
County results
Rockefeller:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Raese:      50–60%      60–70%      70-80%

U.S. senator before election

Jennings Randolph
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Jay Rockefeller
Democratic

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Ken Auvil, businessman from Belington
  • Homer L. Harris, Republican nominee for U.S. Representative in 1982
  • Jay Rockefeller, incumbent Governor of West Virginia
  • Lacy W. Wright Jr., State Senator from Welch

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jay Rockefeller 240,559 66.33%
Democratic Lacy Wright 51,591 14.22%
Democratic Ken Auvil 41,408 11.42%
Democratic Homer Harris 29,138 8.03%
Total votes 362,696 100.00%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Raese 61,389 47.83%
Republican Samuel Kusic 44,820 34.92%
Republican Frank Deem 13,707 10.68%
Republican Frederick Weiland 5,308 4.14%
Republican Henry C. Vigilianco 3,113 2.43%
Total votes 128,337 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jay Rockefeller 374,233 51.82%  1.34
Republican John Raese 344,680 47.73%  1.79
Socialist Workers Mary E. Radin 3,299 0.46% N/A
Total votes 722,212 100.00% N/A
Democratic hold

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=257444
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=255210
  3. ^ "WV U.S. Senate". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved 3 May 2020.