Democrat holds onto West Virginia governor's seat
By: CNN's Jim Barnett
(CNN) -- Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated Republican businessman Bill Maloney in a re-match to win a four-year term as West Virginia's governor.
Tomblin took office in late 2010 after his Democratic predecessor Joe Manchin resigned to take over the late Robert Byrd's U.S. Senate seat.
Tomblin won a special election last year against Maloney, 50% to 47%, to complete the rest of Manchin's term. The major difference this time is that 2012 was a presidential election year and the shadow of President Obama loomed larger than it did in 2011.
CNN projected Mitt Romney will win the Mountain State this year. Once a reliably Democratic state in presidential elections, beginning in 2000 West Virginia began picking Republicans for president and Democrats for governor.