Tomblin holds WV governorship for Democrats
October 4th, 2011
10:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Tomblin holds WV governorship for Democrats

(CNN) - Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin will continue serving as West Virginia’s governor after narrowly defeating Republican businessman Bill Maloney in a special election Tuesday.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Tomblin received 49.4% of the vote to 47.2% for Maloney, according to unofficial results from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office.

“I called Earl Ray and congratulated him. He won, and that proves the power of democracy,” Maloney said in a statement. “The people made their choice, and I respect their decision.”

Tomblin, the former state senate president, has served as the acting governor since November 2010, when his predecessor Joe Manchin resigned to fill the U.S. Senate seat that once belonged to the late Sen. Robert Byrd. The incumbent will serve out the remaining 15 months of Manchin's term.

Filed under: Joe Manchin • Robert Byrd • West Virginia
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. morganhil

    Well, well, well. The mainstream media was crowing that the WVA race was a "referendum on Obama". looks like they said YES to Obama! Sorry, T-Party!

    October 4, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. johnborg

    Wow. Maloney handled that better than any politician in the past decade. Good for him.

    October 4, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. JJ

    Good choice, WV.

    October 4, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. nyc dem

    Take that GOP

    October 4, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. Mannington Phil

    Tomblin was Acting Governor, after Gov. Joe Manchin was elected to the Senate. Tomblin had won the primary and today beat Republican primary winner, Maloney, for the remainder of Joe Manchins' 4 year term. (Some minor party canidates also participated.) Next year there will be another primary and general election to elect our governor for a full 4 year term, beginning in Jan. 2013.

    October 5, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  6. Risteard

    Dem wins in state that Obama lost in 2008 and is behind in the polls now. The Republicans will try but they cannot spin this one.

    October 5, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. Ibrahim

    Get scared republicans ! Ya guys should be in panic mode .

    October 5, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  8. G

    A prelude to a GOP shellacking in 2012.

    October 5, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  9. thomas

    Thank you WV !

    October 5, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  10. b

    Poor republicans are having a bad day. First, Chris Christie bailed out on them and now this humiliating loss.

    October 5, 2011 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. Chris

    So if Maloney had won, all the Republicans would have been crowing about "they have a mandate from the people!" and "This shows a complete a rejection of Obama!"

    But since the Democrat won, its just another race – no big deal. The blatant double standards is ridiculous.

    October 5, 2011 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  12. Zadoc Paet

    I guess Republicans couldn't turn the race in WV into a referendum on Obama. Do you think this is a good sign for Democrats?

    POLL: With Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin winning the West Virginia governor's race against Republican Bill Maloney, does 2012 look better for President Obama and other Democrats?

    October 5, 2011 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  13. VirginiaGirl


    October 5, 2011 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  14. J.V.hodgson

    I got that one right as per previous post with reasons.

    October 5, 2011 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    It was NARROW but we won!!! Hopefully, this is an indication that the 99% of Americans woke up and finally realized that the Republicans LIE by saying ONE THING when they are running and do SOMETHING ELSE after they are elected!!!

    We MUST get out there and VOTE!!! Wall Street is also an indication that the middle class is FED UP!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 5, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Democrats squeeked out a win here. It should have beeen a wider margin. And in an ordinary year, I guess it would have.

    October 5, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  17. eunice


    October 5, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  18. DA

    OBAMA 2012!!!

    October 5, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |