"Ultimately, voter motivation and excitement on our side is very high, and we think our voters will make it to the polls tomorrow," he said Monday.
Tennant, meanwhile, encouraged voters to report any voter fraud or suspicious activity by calling the secretary of state's hotline at 1-866-767-8683.
"We have strong election laws in West Virginia, and we will adhere to those laws," she said.
@brfs:Who are the state's electors?
@bod:Among the key decisions West Virginians will be making today is whether to vote for John F. McCuskey or Jennifer McPherson, Betty Ireland or Reva Mickey, David Tyson or Jon Blair Hunter, Mick Staton or Tom Vogel and Sarah Minear or Virginia Mahan.
With two exceptions, voters won't find those names on the ballot. (Sen. Hunter is up for re-election in the 16th Senatorial District, while McCuskey's son is running for House of Delegates in Kanawha County.)
No, those 10 individuals were selected at state Democratic and Republican party conventions this summer to serve as West Virginia's presidential electors.
Depending on the outcome of today's popular vote for president, five of those individuals will meet at the state Capitol on Dec. 17 to cast West Virginia's five electoral votes for either Barack Obama and Joe Biden, or Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
The Republican electors, committed to the Romney/Ryan ticket, were selected in recognition of their service to the party: McCuskey served briefly as a state Supreme Court justice, Ireland was secretary of state, Tyson is a former state GOP chairman, Staton is a former congressman, and Minear was a three-term state senator.
Besides Hunter, the Democratic electors, who would voting for Obama/Biden, are Delegate Mahan, D-Summers, an eight-term delegate who is not running for re-election; Vogel, former state party executive director and former West Virginia Education Association president who currently works as director of financial education for Treasurer John Perdue; McPherson, a House legislative analyst and vice president of West Virginia Young Democrats; and Mickey, Jefferson County Democratic chairwoman and a schoolteacher.
While the presidential race may be a dead-heat nationally, the races generating the most attention, and most political advertising, in West Virginia are for attorney general and for two seats on the state Supreme Court.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.