Acting W.Va. Gov Tomblin, businessman to face off

May 14, 2011 - 9:58 PM
Special Gubernatorial Primary Election

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin along with his wife Joanne Jaeger, left, son Brent Tomblin, right, and his son's girlfriend Brittany Vance react to crowd support during the Democratic primary election party Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Charleston, W.Va. Tomblin will represent the Democrats during October's special gubernatorial election. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican businessman Bill Maloney have won their respective party contests in West Virginia's special gubernatorial primary.

Saturday's voting showed Tomblin received more than 40 percent of the vote among six Democrats.

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

The two will face off in the Oct. 4 general election along with Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber.

That election will decide who will complete the gubernatorial term of Democrat Joe Manchin, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last year. Manchin filled the vacancy created by the death of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Tomblin is the state Senate's president. West Virginia's Constitution has had him acting as governor since Manchin resigned Nov. 15.

Maloney is a drilling consultant and energy company owner.