Outside Groups Begin Dueling Ads In W.V. Gov Race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The first national groups have taken to the airwaves in West Virginia's special general election for governor.

The Republican Governors Association launched TV and radio spots Tuesday, attacking acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

But GOP nominee Bill Maloney is the target in another TV ad airing Tuesday. It comes from America Works USA, a group funded by the Democratic Governors Association.

The anti-Maloney ad questions his dealings as a Morgantown business owner. The Republican ads fault Tomblin over his 36-year political career.

Maloney struck a similar anti-Tomblin theme last week with the first negative ad of the general election season.

The election is Oct. 4. The attack ads follow campaign finance filings that show Tomblin with a hefty fundraising and cash balance advantage over Maloney.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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