Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has received the blessing of West Virgina’s leading business and coal industry groups.
The state's Chamber of Commerce and Coal Association on Thursday each endorsed the Democrat’s re-election bid.
The support arrives for Tomblin in a race marked by dueling views of West Virginia's long-struggling economy.
Republican candidate Bill Maloney has cited the state's dismal income and poverty rankings to argue that Tomblin has failed. Tomblin was a longtime legislator and state Senate president before becoming governor.
The coal industry has seen layoffs and slowed production in recent months. That has weakened state tax revenues.
But Coal Association President Bill Raney says Tomblin has helped the industry through tough times before. The chamber credits the Democrat for working to move the state forward.
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