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Tomblin undecided on possible Congress run

CHARLESTON, W.Va.–Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said last week he remains unsure if he will seek to run for Congress after his tenure as West Virginia governor is over.

State constitution prevents Tomblin from seeking a third term as governor. He didn’t rule out running for Congress, but said he’s focused on the rest of his time in the capitol.

“I’ve got lots of options out there when my term of governor is over,” Tomblin said. “I’ll continue to do my best to work for the people of West Virginia and to lead this state forward until my term is over.”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin has previously announced he would not seek to be the next governor of West Virginia. Without Manchin and with Tomblin being ineligible for another term, the race figures to be wide open. Tomblin said that he has thought about how he’ll spend his time after his term is up.

“You always are looking at what you’re going to do down the road, and that’s the position I’m in right now,” he said.

Tomblin didn’t give an exact timetable on when he might make a decision.





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