Tomblin wins full term as W.Va. governor
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters have given Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin a full term as the state’s chief executive.
A Democrat, Tomblin shook off attempts by Republican Bill Maloney to link him to President Barack Obama. The president is unpopular in the state, and lost its five electoral votes to GOP hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday.
Tomblin and Maloney also sparred over whether the state has made progress after decades of economic woes. Tomblin was the state’s longest serving Senate president when he began acting as governor in 2010. Maloney is a drilling consultant and business owner from Morgantown.
Maloney narrowly lost to Tomblin last year, in a special election for completing an unexpired term.
Several third-party and write-in candidates also ran this year, including the Mountain Party’s Jesse Johnson.