The Republican Governors Association made a last-minute grab for undecided voters with a television ad that accused Tomblin of implementing “Obamacare” while other governors across the country fought the president’s legislation. But the GOP candidate, wealthy businessman Bill Maloney, was plagued by extortion headlines, and a final poll showed the race in a dead heat.
Tomblin was able to insulate himself enough from the president, whose job approval rating in the state was just 28 percent, to pull off the victory. With 65 percent of precincts reporting, Tomblin had 50 percent of the vote compared with Maloney’s 46 percent, according to unofficial results posted by the AP.
Tomblin will serve the remaining year of Manchin’s term.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.