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Parents > United States > West Virginia > Governor
OfficeGovernor
TypeDemocratic Primary Election
Filing Deadline January 30, 1996 - 12:00pm
Polls Open May 14, 1996 - 07:00am
Polls Close May 14, 1996 - 11:00pm
Term Start January 03, 1997 - 12:00pm
Term End January 03, 2001 - 12:00pm
Turnout 18.35% Total Population
ContributorPicimpalious
Last ModifiedChronicler March 26, 2007 05:36pm
Data SourcesAmerica Votes 22:527 (returns); New York Times, 5/2/1996 (commentary)
Description Gaston Caperton was a successful Governor. He raised teacher's salaries, worked to improve the state educational system, and worked to bring better businesses to the state. The Democratic Party in this fairly reliable state expected to build on their previous eight years.

The leader in the polls throughout the Democratic primary campaign was Charlotte Pritt, a state senator and school teacher. Pritt ran against Caperton four years earlier and placed a respectable second. She called for the elimination of taxes on food and a reduction in taxes on gas. Educators and union leaders endorsed her.

Pritt's chief rival was Joe Manchin. A construction contractor and coal broker, Manchin also served in the state senate. He had the support of the business interests in the state.
LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/03/1992
NameGaston Caperton Votes368,302 (56.01%)
Term01/03/1993 - 01/03/1997 Margin127,912 (+19.45%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/05/1996
NameCecil Underwood Votes324,518 (51.63%)
Term01/03/1997 - 01/03/2001 Margin36,648 (+5.83%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
RaceWV Governor 11/05/1996
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Name St. Sen. Charlotte Pritt St. Sen. Joe Manchin III James "Jim" B. Lees, Jr. Treasurer Larrie Bailey Bobbie Edward "Bob" Myers Lyle Sattes Bob Henry Baber
PartyDemocratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic
Website [Website] [Website] [Website] [Website] [Website]
Uncertified Votes130,107 (39.54%) 107,124 (32.56%) 64,100 (19.48%) 15,733 (4.78%) 3,038 (0.92%) 2,931 (0.89%) 1,456 (0.44%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -22,983 (-6.98%) -66,007 (-20.06%) -114,374 (-34.76%) -127,069 (-38.62%) -127,176 (-38.65%) -128,651 (-39.10%)
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Cash On Hand 0/0 $1,080,882.00 0/0 $2,747,887.00 0/0 $1,434,234.00 0/0 $53,122.00 $-- $-- $--
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MNT Bob Henry Baber
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AENM Angry Russian
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Name Louis J. Davis Frank Rochetti Richard E. Koon Fred Schell  
PartyDemocratic Democratic Democratic Democratic  
Website [Website]  
Uncertified Votes1,351 (0.41%) 1,330 (0.40%) 1,154 (0.35%) 733 (0.22%)  
Margin-128,756 (-39.13%) -128,777 (-39.14%) -128,953 (-39.19%) -129,374 (-39.32%)  
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%  
Cash On Hand $-- $-- $-- $--  
MATCHUP POLLS (0 from 0 pollsters)
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