Oct 25, 2011- Tomblin's Swearing In Ceremony Scheduled

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

With little time before the deadline, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will call legislators into a special session to certify the results of the special election.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) is expected to be sworn in Sunday, Nov. 13. That's two days before the West Virginia Supreme Court's mandated deadline to fill former Gov. Joe Manchin's unexpired term.

According to a news release from his office, he will call the Legislaure into a special session at noon that day to certify the results. At 3 p.m., there will be a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.

Once he resigns his Senate seat, things get very interesting. There will have to be another special session to elect a Senate President.

Acting President Jef Kessler (D-Marshall) wants to keep the job. But, Sens. Brooks McCabe (D-Kanawha) and Mike Green (D-Raleigh) are interested too.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has topped $10 million in contributions for his re-election campaign, and still has more than enough in the bank to keep TV ads running around the clock through Nov. 8.

A report filed Tuesday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance shows that he banked another $517,000 over the past two weeks. His Republican challenger, state Senate President David Williams, hasn't yet reported his October fundraising total.

Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith filed a report showing he raised just more than $3,500 during the roughly two-week period.

Previous reports have shown money flooding into Beshear's campaign, while Williams and Galbraith have struggled to raise cash in what has become a lopsided fundraising contest.

Some outside groups, funded largely by Williams' father-in-law, have run TV ads promoting the GOP challenger over Beshear. Galbraith has had no such help.

Polls showing Beshear with a 30 percentage point lead over his nearest competitor have helped bolster fundraising. Campaign manager Bill Hyers said some 1,100 people contributed to Beshear between Oct. 8 and Oct. 24.

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