West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin talks about his future plans

October 5th, 2011 - 10:21 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Charleston, W.Va., Oct 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin won the West Virginia governorship race by using a strategy that might turn out to be the obvious in 2012. Tomblin distanced himself from some of the controversial policies of President Barack Obama during the heated campaign ahead of the poll. Chiefly among the policies Tomblin didn’t want to be associated with was the Health Care plan of the president.

The race was closely fought with Tomblin having 50 percent of the votes compared to the 47 percent that the Republican candidate Bill Maloney had. 96 percent of the precincts have reported and it is unlikely that the remaining precincts will make any difference when they come.

Tomblin has been acting as the governor of West Virginia after Joe Manchin vacated the post after winning a seat in the Senate. After the closely fought race, Maloney called Tomblin and congratulated him.

In an interview with the Associated Press before addressing his supporters on Tuesday, Tomblin revealed that, “We tried to stay on message as much as possible. We do have a stable budget and a stable economy in West Virginia. That’s what people are looking for.”

Tomblin has another fight at hand because the seat will again be contested during the 2012 US polls. His campaign will almost immediately start from here.

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