---Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) and his opponent Bill Maloney (R) spent the morning in White Suplhur Springs trying to woo members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
The organization is expected to make its endorsement following the speeches the candidates gave Thursday.
The Associated Press has this summary:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The leading candidates in West Virginia's special election for governor are offering voters contrasting views of the Mountain State.
Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told a state Chamber of Commerce audience Thursday that West Virginia is on the right path. The Democrat cited the state's balanced budget and recent surplus.
Republican nominee Bill Maloney said his own business experience shows that prosperity is practically unreachable in West Virginia. He called the state over-taxed and over-regulated.
The two candidates appeared separately during a forum as part of the chamber's annual summit at The Greenbrier. Each also fielded questions from the audience at the White Sulphur Springs resort.
The election is Oct. 4. The chamber's political action committee meets Friday to decide whether to endorse a candidate in the race.
---The video clip features this week's on-air "At the Capitol" segment, in which we take a closer look at some of the claims Tomblin and Maloney are making in their recent ads and on the campaign trail. We also look at where our congressional delegation falls on Roll Call's annual list of the richest members of Congress.
---Also, Sen. Brooks McCabe (D-Kanawha) has been stripped of his position as Senate president pro tempore. Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) made the announcement Thursday on MetroNews.
The announcement followed an article Thursday morning in the Daily Mail which talked about the looming fight over control of the Senate should Tomblin be elected governor. At the moment, Tomblin retains the title of Senate President while Kessler acts in his place. McCabe told the Daily Mail he's considering a run at the top spot.
Kessler told MetroNews that was a "breach of trust." So, Sen. Joe Minard (D-Harrison) will take McCabe's spot.