Acting governor Earl Ray Tomblin has won Tuesday's special election for governor in West Virginia, according to the Associated Press. Tomblin, the Democratic state senate president since 1995, defeated Republican businessman and first-time candidate Bill Maloney.
Charleston, W. Va. “There are still people who think this election is in November,” says Bill Maloney, the Republican candidate for governor, at his campaign headquarters downtown late last week. “Even some of our friends!”
West Virginia's Democratic governor and Senate candidate Joe Manchin attended a $1,000 to $5,000 a head fundraiser in Washington, D.C. today and apparently* slipped out the back door without taking questions from the press.
Governor Joe Manchin, who trails Republican John Raese by 3 points in Rasmussen's latest poll on the West Virginia Senate race (the Real Clear Politics average has Manchin slightly ahead on the basis of two Democratic polls), is now running a pro-Obamacare ad:
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The West Virginia Republicans have been pressing for a fall election to replace the late senator Robert Byrd--even threatening a lawsuit to force one. After some initial reluctance it appears that governor Joe Manchin may give them what they are asking for. Politicoreports Manchin says he's "highly" interested in running:
Of course, if he were a Republican, I would write that West Virginia congressman Alan Mollohan was "purged" instead of "defeated." Per the Wall Street Journal: "With 82% of precincts reporting, Democratic state Sen. Mike Oliverio was already leading by 12 points, 56%-44%."