I would suggest that the people of West Virginia remember that Democrats always run as fiscal conservatives, but govern as big spending liberals. The election for Governor of West Virginia is Tuesday, the people who poll these races cannot even say who will win and yet West Virginia has a chance to end their despair and vote Republican. Their devotion to the Democrat Party has gotten them nothing but a President who would destroy the biggest economic driver in their State, COAL. There is nothing bad about a product that this Country uses every day, other than Democrats who believe somehow, a fairy will sprinkle fairy dust, and electricity will be made by unicorns and not coal. If you want to keep rewarding a Party that has brick by brick destroyed your beautiful State, well you will vote Democrat. If you want freedom and liberty from the tyrannical government that wants to control every step of your life, from birth to death you will vote for the Republican. The TEA Party Was Started To End Politics As Usual From Both Parties And West Virginia You Can Elect A Citizen Legislator
WHEELING, W.Va. — Even the experts find the outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in this state hard to predict. They’re watching it, in part, to gauge the mood of the electorate.
This unsettled race matches acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, 59, against Republican Bill Maloney, 52, of Morgantown. Tomblin is a teacher and businessman from Chapmanville who spent 36 years in the legislature. Maloney, an industrial engineer and drilling company owner, is making his first run for political office.
The national parties invested time and money in this race — the Democratic Governors Association and Republican Governors Association each spent more than $2 million — in hopes of swaying the political narrative about how the results may indicate President Obama’s political future.
Analysts consider Tomblin and Maloney, conservatives with similar campaign platforms, to be likeable candidates. Yet this election, they say, might not be about just the candidates. It could be colored by anti-incumbency filtering down from an increasing dislike of Washington’s economic and domestic policies.
“The truth is I have no idea who is going to win on Tuesday,” said Robert Rupp, a history professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. “Usually, you know which way an election is moving … or (have) at least a hint. This race’s uncertainty is unfamiliar territory.”
The special election will choose someone to finish the unexpired term of former Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat who succeeded the state’s legendary politician Robert C. Byrd in the Senate after Byrd’s death in June 2010. Analysts expect the winner to run in next year’s regular election for a full four-year term.
Early voting began last week and by Friday, more Democrats cast ballots than Republicans — but no one knows if they voted along party lines.
“I am still undecided; I am going to weigh both candidates to see who is best to take the state forward,” said Ryan Ferns, a Democrat and member of the state House of Delegates from Ohio County.
The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling in Washington released a poll on the race on Sept. 7 that showed Maloney trailing Tomblin by 6 percentage points. A Sept. 22 Mellman Group poll, paid for by the Democratic Governors Association, put Tomblin ahead by 10 percentage points.
Republican attempts to nationalize the campaign have fallen flat, the association’s spokeswoman Lis Smith said.
“We are confident that the race will be won on local issues, such as creating jobs, lowering taxes, which Gov. Tomblin has led the way on,” Smith said.
Tomblin bills himself as a consensus-maker and legislative leader who saved taxpayers millions by revising the state pension system, privatizing workers’ compensation, and cutting the food tax. He chaired the Senate Finance Committee and was the chamber’s president for 18 years.
Endorsed by the AFL-CIO, West Virginia Education Association, United Mine Workers, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, National Rifle Association and others, Tomblin looks forward to winning, campaign spokesperson Chris Stadelman said.
“He believes voters understand he has the best plan for West Virginia and that they appreciate his efforts to cut taxes for both consumers and job creators,” Stadelman said.
At a recent get-out-the-vote rally in a Wheeling law office, Maloney appeared relaxed and businesslike in tan Dockers and a navy blazer as he shook hands with supporters. About 55 people showed up to meet him.
“Everyone here has figured out that career politicians aren’t getting the job done,” Maloney said. He acknowledges his disadvantage in the race but remains enthusiastic: “I am an old hockey player. We play ’til the last second.”
I would suggest that the voters of West Virginia take a look at the Democrat States that recently elected Republicans and reflect on the fact that they are no longer going into debt, they are creating jobs and lowering taxes, and what red blooded American doesn’t want a job and lower taxes?