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  Maloney Tying Tomblin to Obama; Will it Work?
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Last EditedJason  Sep 17, 2011 07:15am
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News DateThursday, September 15, 2011 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAs the 2011 special gubernatorial race in West Virginia tightens, Republican candidate Bill Maloney is trying to do to acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin what 2010 Senate candidate John Raese tried to do to now-Sen. Joe Manchin: tie him directly to President Obama.

Will the strategy work this time?

As Reid Wilson pointed out Thursday, voters cast ballots differently in gubernatorial elections than they do in national elections. And it's more difficult to tie a gubernatorial candidate to the president than it is to tie a Senate candidate to one (although Manchin has done a pretty good job keeping his distance from the president, too).

Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber had said there was little difference between Maloney and Tomblin. In a Wednesday Charleston Gazette story, Maloney disputed that notion by drawing one sharp contrast with his Democratic opponent.

"I know one thing: I will actively campaign against Barack Obama. That's a big difference," Maloney noted.
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