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West Virginia Senate

Candidates

Jay Rockefeller*

Jay Rockefeller* (D)*

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Jay Wolfe

Jay Wolfe (R)

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleRockefeller (D)Wolfe (R)Spread
PPP (D)10/29 - 10/302128 LV5840Rockefeller +18
Rasmussen9/24 - 9/24500 LV6133Rockefeller +28

Race Summary

In a rematch of their 2002 Senate race, Jay Rockefeller is heavily favored to once again defeat Jay Wolfe, winning his fifth term in office.

Rockefeller has never won re-election with less than 63% of the vote. In 2002, Wolfe spent just $136,000, while Rockefeller spent $2.3 million.

Before his initial election to the Senate in 1984, Rockefeller served two terms as governor (1976-84) and one term as secretary of state (1968-72).

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 1,812,035 
Registered Voters: Dem 56.2% | Rep 29.4% | Other 14.4%
Occupation: Blue Collar 28.7% | White Collar 54.0% | Gray Collar 17.3%
Race: White 94.6% | Black 3.1 % | Two+ races 0.8% | Hispanic 0.7%

 

Previous Election Results

Senate
2006: Byrd (D) 64, Raese (R) 34
2002: Rockefeller (D) 63, Wolfe (R) 37
2000: Byrd (D) 78, Gallaher (R) 20
1996: Rockefeller (D) 77, Burks (R) 23

President
2004: Bush (R) 56, Kerry (D) 43
2000: Bush (R) 52, Gore (D) 46
1996: Clinton (D) 52, Dole (R) 37