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West Virginia gubernatorial special election, 2011

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October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)  2012 →
49.6%  47.0%
148,625  140,631
Start date  October 4, 2011
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Winner  Earl Ray Tomblin

The 2011 West Virginia gubernatorial election was a special election held on October 4, 2011 to fill the office of the West Virginia Governor. The office became vacant upon the resignation of Governor Joe Manchin, who was elected to fill the seat of Robert Byrd in the United States Senate in 2010 following Byrd's death. State Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, first in the line of succession, ascended to the governor's powers and duties in 2010. On January 18, 2011, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a special election for the office of Governor must be held so a new Governor can be in place by November 15, 2011, exactly one year after Manchin resigned. The primary election was held on May 14. Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney won their respective primaries.


Tomblin was declared the winner of the election by the Associated Press on October 4, 2011 and was inaugurated on November 13, 2011.


  • Jeff Kessler, Acting President of the West Virginia Senate
  • Arne Moltis
  • John Perdue, West Virginia State Treasurer
  • Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State
  • Rick Thompson, Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates
  • Earl Ray Tomblin, Acting Governor and President of the West Virginia Senate
  • Declined

  • Brooks McCabe, State Senator
  • Charlotte Pritt, former State Senator, nominee for Governor in 1996 and write-in candidate for Governor in 1992
  • Declared

  • Clark Barnes, State Senator
  • Mitch Carmichael, State Delegate
  • Ralph William Clark, professor
  • Cliff Ellis
  • Larry Faircloth, former State Delegate and candidate for Governor in 2004
  • Betty Ireland, former West Virginia Secretary of State
  • Bill Maloney, businessman
  • Mark Sorsaia, Putnam County District Attorney
  • Declined

  • Patrick Lane, State Delegate
  • Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Representative
  • Jon McBride, retired United States naval officer and a former NASA astronaut
  • John Raese, businessman and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1984, 2006, and 2010
  • Mike Stuart, West Virginia Republican Party chairman
  • Candidates

  • Bob Henry Baber (Mountain), writer and former Mayor of Richwood
  • Bill Maloney (Republican), Monongalia County businessman
  • Earl Ray Tomblin (Democratic), Acting Governor and President of the West Virginia Senate
  • Harry Bertram (American Third Position Party)
  • Marla Dee Ingels (Independent)
  • Rick Bartlett (write-in)
  • Phil Hudok (write-in), teacher and registered Constitution Party member
  • Donald Lee Underwood (write-in)
  • References

    West Virginia gubernatorial special election, 2011 Wikipedia

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