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West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2008

West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2008

November 4, 2008

Nominee Joe Manchin Russ Weeks
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 492,697 181,612
Percentage 69.81% 25.73%

County Results

Governor before election

Joe Manchin

Elected Governor

Joe Manchin

The West Virginia gubernatorial election of 2008 took place on November 4, 2008. Incumbent governor Joe Manchin III was the Democratic nominee, challenged by Republican nominee Russ Weeks and Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson. Manchin was reelected by a large margin.


  • Democratic Primary 1
    • Republican Party 1.1
  • General election 2
    • Polling 2.1
    • Results 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Democratic Primary

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Manchin (inc.) 264,775 74.62
Democratic Mel Kessler 90,074 25.38
Total votes 354,849 100.00

Republican Party

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Russ Weeks 81,019 100.00
Total votes 81,019 100.00

General election


Poll Source Dates administered Democrat: Joe Manchin III Republican: Russ Weeks
Rasmussen Reports October 20, 2008 71% 21%


West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2008[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joe Manchin (inc.) 492,697 69.81% +6.30%
Republican Russ Weeks 181,612 25.73% -8.27%
Mountain Jesse Johnson 31,486 4.46% +1.99%
Margin of victory 311,085 44.08% +14.57%
Total votes 705,795 100%
Democratic hold Swing


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External links

  • Elections from the West Virginia Secretary of State
  • West Virginia Governor candidates at Project Vote Smart
  • West Virginia Governor race from
  • West Virginia Governor race from 2008 Race Tracker
  • Campaign contributions from Follow the Money
  • Official candidate websites
    • Joe Manchin, Incumbent Democratic nominee
    • Russ Weeks, Republican nominee
    • Jesse Johnson, Mountain Party nominee
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