Charleston, W.Va. – Turnout for the special gubernatorial primary election in West Virginia was about 16 percent, according to unofficial returns reported to the Secretary of State’s Office.
About 188,109 people voted in West Virginia, including the more than 43,600 who voted during the 11-day early voting period which ended Wednesday. There are about 1,216,000 registered voters in West Virginia.
Canvassing of the results begins on Friday, May 20.
The Secretary of State’s Office posted unofficial election results on its website at www.wvsos.com.
In the Democratic primary, Earl Ray Tomblin received 51,220 votes; Rick Thompson 30,596; Natalie Tennant 21,956; John Perdue 15,914; Jeff Kessler 6,721; and Arne Moltis 481.
In the Republican primary, Bill Maloney received 27,575; Betty Ireland 18,898; Clark Barnes 5,857; Mark Sorsaia 2,956; Larry Faircloth 2,378; Mitch Carmichael 2,046; Ralph William Clark 1,234; and Cliff Ellis 277.
The Mountain Party chose to nominate its candidate at a convention rather than hold a primary, and has nominated Bob Henry Baber.
The Secretary of State’s Office had a comprehensive plan in place to improve communication between election officials. More than two dozen Election Day Support staff were spread across the state to also answer questions that might arise throughout the day.
“This plan worked very well for us today,” Elections Division Manager David Nichols said. “We were able to stay in very close contact all day long with election officials all over the state. That meant if something came up, we were able to deal with it quickly and effectively.”
Nichols also said if people saw something they believe might have been a violation of election law, they should contact the Secretary of State’s Office as soon as possible. The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office can be reached at (304) 558-6000 or 1-866-767-8683.
The special general gubernatorial election will be held Tuesday October 4, 2011.