Tomblin Takes Oath To Become W.Va. Governor

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia has a new Governor.

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin took the oath of office at 12:01 p.m. Monday to replace Joe Manchin as Governor.

The transfer of power comes after Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate to serve the remaining two years of the late Robert C. Byrd's term. Manchin was to assume his new position on Monday as well.

The 58-year-old Tomblin has said he will put aside his legislative duties upon becoming acting Governor.

But criticism of that plan persists. So do calls for a special election for the two years remaining in Manchin's term.

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