Tomblin, Maloney Win West Virginia Primary Election

By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer
By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer

Acting Democratic Gov. Early Ray Tomblin and Republican businessman Bill Maloney have won the West Virginia Democrat special gubernatorial primary election.

Tomblin received more than 40 percent of the vote among six Democrats seeking their party's nomination in Saturday's election.

Maloney won his first political campaign by leading a roster of eight Republicans with 45 percent.

They now face Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber in the October 4 general election.

That vote will decide who will finish the term of former Gov. Joe Manchin. Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate last year to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Tomblin is the state Senate's president. The state constitution has had him acting as governor since Manchin resigned November 15. West Virginia's Supreme Court has ruled that an elected governor must take office within one year of Manchin's departure.

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