MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —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 Obama. The president is unpopular in the state, and lost its five electoral votes to GOP hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday.
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, W.Va.
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.
Earl Ray Tomblin, Dem (i) 314,255 - 51 percent
Bill Maloney, GOP 281,948 - 45 percent
Jesse Johnson, Mnt 15,768 - 3 percent
David Moran, Lib 8,158 - 1 percent
1,752 of 1,846 precincts - 95 percent
With all precincts reporting