Maloney and Tomblin also faced off in a special election last year, and the RGA used the same strategy then: Tying Tomblin to Obama and to Obama's health care plan. While Tomblin won, his victory was extremely narrow and he didn't have Obama at the top of the ballot. Still, this year the race isn't considered one of the cycle's most competitive gubernatorial contests, and this is the first we've seen of the national committees engaging there. Without a lack of polls so far in the race, it's hard to gauge how close it is this year. Maloney, a self-funding businessman, was a first-time candidate last year and exceeded expectations.
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