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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.