For the WV primaries:
With 1,607 of 1,883 statewide precincts reporting, Maloney had 45 percent and Ireland had 31 percent. They were far outdistancing the next-closest candidate, state Sen. Clark Barnes, who had 9 percent.
Other GOP candidates included former delegate Larry Faircloth and Putnam County prosecutor Mark Sorsaia, each with 4 percent of the vote, and Delegate Mitch Carmichael, with 3 percent.
On the Democratic side, Tomblin had 40 percent of the vote, compared to 23 percent for his closest challenger, House Speaker Rick Thompson. Tomblin has been acting as governor since Joe Manchin vacated the office to go to the U.S. Senate late last year.
Other Democratic challengers included Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who was getting 17 percent of the vote; State Treasurer John Perdue, with 13 percent; and acting Senate President Jeff Kessler, with 6 percent.
Tomblin and Maloney will face each other and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber in the Oct. 4 general election. The winner will serve the slightly more than a year left in Manchin’s term.
Earl Ray will walk away with it, so I am probably going to vote for the Mountain Party candidate.