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Jan 25, 2012- Bill Maloney Making "Major Announcements" Thursday

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Another rematch is shaping up in West Virginia.

Bill Maloney (R) alerted the media today he'll be making "major announcements" tomorrow at the Secretary of State's office and Ruby & Ketchy’s Restaurant in Morgantown.

He didn't explicitly state he's announcing his candidacy for governor. However, he did file pre-candidacy papers late last year, which allowed him to raise funds and conduct other activities a candidate would.

With the filing deadline coming up Saturday, what other major announcement could he possibly be making at the Secretary of State's office?

Maloney lost to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) in the special election for governor in October by about three percentage points, or about 7,100 votes.

If he does indeed file, this could mark the second rematch of the year, with John Raese (R) planning to take on Sen. Joe Manchin (D) again.

So far, the candidates for governor include Tomblin and Republican Ralph William Clark.

Both Maloney and Raese spent much of their campaigns trying to link their opponents to President Barack Obama, who is unpopular in West Virginia.

In a poll late last year, Mark Blankenship Enterprises, which did polling for Maloney in his campaign, found Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) still maintains support from a plurality of voters.

Blankenship found 46 percent of voters believe he deserves to be re-elected. However, 39 percent believe someone else should get the job, while 23 percent are undecided.

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