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Tomblin receives NRA endorsement

Aug. 12, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

NRA ENDORSEMENT: Earl Ray Tomblin has received the National Rifle Association's endorsement for the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election.

The Democrat's "A" rating means he is a "Solidly pro-gun candidate," according to the NRA grading system.

Other candidates running for the Tuesday, Oct. 4, special election for governor of West Virginia are Republican Bill Maloney; Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber, Independent candidate Marla Ingels; and American Third Position Party candidate Harry Bertram.

GOP DINNER: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will be the keynote speaker at the West Virginia Republican Party's first West Virginia Lincoln/Reagan Gala at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday, September 17.

Other speakers include Reps. Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, both R-W.Va., and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney.

"Governor Barbour understands West Virginia and the challenges we face," Mike Stuart, chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party, said in a release. "Governor Barbour understands and is committed to West Virginia coal and natural gas and he shares the values we all hold dear. This is an exciting event for not only Republicans but for all West Virginians of all political parties. I look forward to welcoming Governor Barbour to our incredible state."

Barbour is the second governor to be elected to a second term in Mississippi since Reconstruction, according to Stuart. Barbour was considered a possible Republican presidential candidate, but announced in April that he was not running.

For more information, call 304-768-0493 or go to www.wvgop.org. Tickets for the West Virginia Lincoln/Reagan Gala are available on a limited basis through Sept. 10.

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