The following information was shared by the Constitution Party of West Virginia on its Facebook page on August 1st, 2016:
With 5 minutes to spare before today’s filing deadline, activists with the Constitution Party of West Virginia filed candidate announcements, filing fees, and what appear to be sufficient ballot access signatures to place Phil Hudok on the November general election ballot for governor and Darrell Castle/Scott Bradley on for United States president. It is estimated that over 10,000 voter signatures from across the state were submitted to achieve the 6705 valid requirement. It will be several weeks before all signatures are sent out to various county clerks and the numbers verified, but based on past successful statewide petitioning efforts in 2008, 2018, and 2014, the party leaders here are pretty confident. Please send them a warm congratulation and plan on getting involved with their respective campaigns. HEAR HEAR!
The Constitution Party of West Virginia west founded in June 2004. The party’s presidential candidate that year, Michael Peroutka, received 82 votes (0.01%); however, in 2008, Chuck Baldwin appeared on the West Virginia ballot and received 2,465 (0.34%, more than twice Baldwin’s national percentage). In 2012, the Constitution Party nominee, Virgil Goode, again was relegated to write-in status, receiving 119 votes (0.02%).
In the 2016 general elections, the Constitution Party of West Virginia is also fielding Phil Hudok for Governor, who has in the past garnered media attention for his refusal to have a digitized picture of himself printed on his driver’s license, citing his religious objections due to the image being potentially being the onset of “the mark of the beast.”