Republicans are also buoyed by some of the other figures.
For example, Harrison County, a traditional Democratic stronghold, still held an advantage in straight-ticket voting in 2012 - 50.7 percent to 46.8 percent.
But the gap was significantly narrower than just two years before - 58.5 percent to 40.2 percent.
In Mercer County, there appears to have been a stunning shift. In 2010, straight-ticket votes were evenly split, with a slight advantage going to the Democrats - 49.8 percent to 48.3 percent.
But in 2012, the Republican Party received 60 percent of the straight ticket votes.
These numbers should worry down-ballot Democratic candidates, who have benefited substantially over the years from a significant registration advantage and a strong vote-getter at the top of the ticket.
Consider for example, that in the 2006 General Election, with Sen. Robert Byrd on the ballot, Democrats collected 105,000 straight-ticket votes, compared with just 50,000 for the Republicans.
Now, the number of straight-ticket votes is essentially a split between the two parties, with a slight edge going to the Republicans, even though Democrats continue to hold a 52 percent to 29 percent advantage in registration.
As a general rule, Democratic candidates in West Virginia still begin with a distinct advantage.
However, Republicans, who historically have faced mountainous obstacles, are now finding the challenge is more of a manageable hill.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.