Sep 20, 2011- Going Positive at the End of the Campaign

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

With two weeks to go until Election Day, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is going positive again in his campaign ads.

In his most recent ad, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) is taking a break from attacking his opponent Bill Maloney (R).

Tomblin is pointing out the positive news of several recent job announcements, including the Macy's distribution center in the Eastern Panhandle. Of course, that deal was in the works well before Tomblin started acting as governor.

He also points out his recent endorsements by both labor and business oganizations.


Early voting begins tomorrow in the special election. According to the Secretary of State's office, there are more than 1.2 million registered voters. People can cast their ballots at county courthouses until Saturday, October 1.


Looking ahead to 2012, a new poll by Public Policy Polling shows President Obama will have a lot of trouble in West Virgina. PPP found 32 percent of voters approved of how he's doing his job, compared to 62 percent of voters who disapprove.

In hypothetical matchups against the Republican presidential candidates, he fares poorly against all the major names.

"Romney leads by 12 points at 49-37 and Perry has an 11 point advantage at 49-38. Both of the GOP front runners hold Obama to only about 60% of the Democratic vote, and they lead him by margins of greater than 20 points with independents," the pollsters write in a news release.

Rep. Michele Bachmann beats him 48-39; Newt Gingrich beats him 45-40, the poll states.

According to the poll, the person who Obama comes closest to beating is Sarah Palin (who hasn't said one way or another if she's running). She would win West Virginia 45-42.

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