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West Virginia gubernatorial election, 1996

West Virginia gubernatorial election, 1996

1992 ←
November 5, 1996
→ 2000

 

Nominee
Cecil Underwood
Charlotte Pritt

Party
Republican
Democratic

Popular vote
324,518
287,870

Percentage
51.6%
45.8%

County results

Governor before election
Gaston Caperton
Democratic

Elected Governor
Cecil Underwood
Republican

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The 1996 West Virginia gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1996 for the post of Governor of West Virginia. Republican Cecil Underwood, who had previously been the Governor of West Virginia from 1957-1961, defeated Democratic State Senator Charlotte Pritt. Concurrently, the state voted the opposite way federally, choosing Democratic U.S. Presidential nominee, incumbent Bill Clinton over Republican nominee Bob Dole in the Presidential election that year.
Due to Joe Manchin, whom Pritt had defeated for the Democratic nomination, founding a group called “Democrats for Underwood,” Pritt lost narrowly in the general election, but made history as the first woman to secure the West Virginia gubernatorial nomination of either of the two major political parties. As of 2016, this is the most recent election in which a Republican was elected Governor of West Virginia.
Results[edit]

West Virginia gubernatorial election, 1996[1]

Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±

Republican
Cecil Underwood
324,518
51.63%
+15.07%

Democratic
Charlotte Pritt
287,870
45.80%
-10.21%

Libertarian
Wallace Johnson
16,171
2.57%
+2.57%

Margin of victory
36,648
5.83%
-13.62%

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