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Buying Time 2012: West Virginia

This page features West Virginia judicial ads of 2012.

Published: March 7, 2012

For inform­a­tion on West Virgini­a’s spend­ing, and all other tele­vi­sion spend­ing in state supreme court races, click here.

West Virginia exper­i­enced a number of news­worthy judi­cial elec­tions over the last decade, includ­ing in 2004, when a group called And for the Sake of the Kids spent more than $3 million to defeat an incum­bent Justice, Warren McGraw, and to elect his chal­lenger, Brent D. Benjamin. Spend­ing in that elec­tion ulti­mately led to the land­mark U.S. Supreme Court judi­cial recusal decision in Caper­ton v. Massey when Justice Benjamin later refused to recuse himself from a case involving the primary contrib­utor to And for the Sake of the Kids.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Justice Benjamin should have disqual­i­fied himself.

In 2012, two seats were in play—that of Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis, who was seek­ing re-elec­tion, and the seat previ­ously held by Thomas McHugh, who did not seek re-elec­tion. Eight candid­ates competed in the May 8th primary, and two Repub­lic­ans – Allen Loughry and John Yoder – and two Demo­crats – Leti­tia “Tish” Chafin and incum­bent Justice Robin Jean Davis – faced off in the general elec­tion on Novem­ber 6th for the two open seats. Of the four candid­ates, the two who received the highest number of votes would fill the two open posi­tions.

Allen Loughry and incum­bent Justice Robin Davis won the two open seats.

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Advert­ise­ments


Octo­ber 26, 2012– Our Court

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An ad by Allen Loughry say the court should “not [be] a court bought by corpor­a­tion or wealthy lawyers.”


Octo­ber 21, 2012– Crys­tal Clear

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Tish Chafin says, “I’ll make sure noth­ing comes between you and a clear path to justice.”


Octo­ber 17, 2012– Our Famil­ies

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An ad sponsored by the campaign of Robin Davis focus­ing on keep­ing kids safe.


Octo­ber 17, 2012– General Allen Thack­ett 

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An ad sponsored by the campaign of Robin Davis featur­ing General Allen Thack­ett and discuss­ing her creden­tials. She says, “I don’t just talk, I lead.”


Octo­ber 10, 2012– Justus

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An ad sponsored by the campaign of Allen Loughry featur­ing his son.


Seotem­ber 26, 2012– Law and Free

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An ad sponsored by the campaign of Allen Loughry talk­ing about his history, family, and creden­tials.


Septem­ber 24, 2012– State Bar Pres­id­ent

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An ad sponsored by the campaign of Leti­tia “Tish” Chafin discuss­ing her exper­i­ence as State Bar Pres­id­ent..


April 24, 2012– Verdict

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An ad sponsored by the campaign of Robin Davis says she is the only choice for Supreme Court who is endorsed by labor and by busi­ness.


April 28, 2012 – Endorse 

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An ad by Tish Chafin saying she is endorsed by the Char­le­ston Gazette, the AFL-CIO, mine work­ers, teach­ers, and law enforce­ment.


April 23, 2012– First TV Ad

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An ad sponsored by Judge Jim Row’s campaign says he’s not a great actor, but he will make a great Supreme Court Justice.


April 17, 2012– CEO of Massey

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Tish Chafin says she plans to restore public confid­ence in the court system.


April 10, 2012– Who is Best

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An ad sponsored by Louis Palmer’s campaign says he under­stands the law.


April 3, 2012– Balanced

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An ad sponsored by Tish Chafin’s campaign says she will fight for a Supreme Court that’s balanced.


April 2, 2012– Child Safety

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Robin Davis says she is lead­ing the fight to lower truancy.


March 28, 2012– Law Enforce­ment Rev

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Justice Davis’ campaign says, “Every West Virginia law enforce­ment asso­ci­ation has endorsed Robin Davis for re-elec­tion.”


March 27, 2012– Law Enforce­ment

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Justice Davis’ campaign says every West Virginia law enforce­ment asso­ci­ation has endorsed her for re-elec­tion.


Janu­ary 3, 2012– General Tack­ett

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General Tack­ett says Chief Justice Robin Davis has dedic­ated her life to the state and coun­try.


Decem­ber, 2011 – Happy Holi­days

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Justice Robin Davis wishes West Virgini­ans a Merry Christ­mas and Happy Holi­day.


Decem­ber, 2011 – Happy Holi­days Rev

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Justice Davis says she feels blessed to be a native of West Virginia.


News


Kyla Asbury, Supreme Court candid­ates discuss issues at forum, The Record, Febru­ary 29, 2012