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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Earl Ray Tomblin can remove "acting" from his title.
Withstanding a $3.4 million barrage of attack ads funded by a national Republican organization, the Logan County Democrat defeated Republican challenger Bill Maloney by a 50 percent to 47 percent margin in the gubernatorial special election Tuesday.
With all of the state's precincts reporting, Tomblin had 150,732 votes to Maloney's 142,889, according to The Associated Press.
During a victory speech at the Charleston Marriott shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Tomblin told a packed house of supporters, "We may be open for business, but ladies and gentlemen, West Virginia is not for sale."
Tomblin -- who has been acting as governor by virtue of his position as Senate president since Nov. 15, when Joe Manchin stepped down to become a U.S. senator -- will now serve the remainder of Manchin's unexpired term. He told supporters Tuesday he hopes to win re-election to a full four-year term in 2012.
"I truly believe our state is poised for greatness, and I'm proud to have played a part in getting us to this point," Tomblin said, sharing the stage with wife, Joanne, and son, Brett.
"During the next 14 months and hopefully, the next five years, we have much to accomplish," he said, interrupted by loud cheers from the crowd.
The race featured three other candidates on the ballot, most notably the Mountain Party's Bob Henry Baber. Combined, they accounted for 10,003 votes, led by Baber's 6,119 votes.
In his concession speech Tuesday night in Morgantown, Maloney said his campaign faced difficult odds. "All along the way, the insiders lined up against us," he said.
"Although the race didn't work out as we had hoped, we're proud of all we accomplished," Maloney said. "The people made their choice and I respect the decision."
State GOP Chairman Mike Stuart said Tuesday's narrow loss proves the Republican Party can make significant gains in upcoming 2012 elections in West Virginia.
He said Maloney had made a good showing, having started the campaign with little name recognition. He was known by 3 percent of voters statewide just months ago, Stuart said.
"For a 36-year incumbent [Tomblin] to be winning by such a narrow margin, it's not exactly a sweeping endorsement for the status quo," Stuart said. "This is a new Republican Party, and this shows we have a two-party system in West Virginia."