Breaking news: West Virginia Governor election coverage

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October 4, 2011

West Virginia
Breaking news: Tomblin wins 2011 West Virginia Governor election

Charleston, WV: The polls in the election for the next Governor of West Virginia have closed and the unofficial results are beginning to roll in. Yesterday, Public Policy Polling gave incumbent Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin just a one point lead[1] over Republican challenger Bill Maloney - a prediction that seemed, as the first results trickled in, to have been eerily accurate. But as more precincts report their totals, that seems to be less and less the case. Although Maloney's numbers have spiked once or twice, Tomblin maintained a 5 point lead or better throughout most of the evening. When the Associated Press declared Tomblin the winner, he had a 3% lead over Maloney.[2]

Governor of West Virginia, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 49.6% 149,202
     Republican Bill Maloney 47% 141,656
     Mountain Party Bob Henry Baber 2% 6,083
     Independent Marla Ingels 1% 2,875
     American Third Position Harry Bertram 0.4% 1,111
     Write-In Phil Hudok 0% 76
     Write-In Donald Lee Underwood 0% 54
     Write-In John R. "Rick" Bartlett 0% 27
Total Votes 301,084
Election Results Via: West Virginia Secretary of State

9:15 PM

The Associated Press declared incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin the winner of the election. With 86% of the precincts reporting, he holds a 3% lead over Maloney. See our news story for more information.

9:14 PM

With 1,446 of the precincts reporting, Tomblin holds a 3 point lead over Maloney, who currently trails by 6,997 votes. The Associated Press has named Tomblin the projected winner, according to the Huffington Post.[3]

8:56 PM

55% of the unofficial results are in, and Tomblin continues to hold off Maloney. His lead has dipped to 5 points, as Maloney picked up support from the Eastern Panhandle.

8:40 PM

With 31% of the precincts reporting, Tomblin is holding a 8 point lead over Maloney. The incumbent is strong in rural counties but lags a bit in Maloney's hometown of Morgantown.

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