West Virginia State Senator Earl Tomblin is scheduled to become acting Governor of West Virginia as soon as Governor Joe Manchin resigns to become a U.S. Senator. This story covers a press conference held by Senator Tomblin. He has no plans to ask the legislature to pass a bill providing for a special gubernatorial election, but says if there is a public desire for such a special election, then he would support that idea.
West Virginia does not elect a Lieutenant Governor, and the State Constitution says the President of the State Senate becomes Governor when the Governor leaves office in the middle of a gubernatorial term. The Constitution says a special election should be held to fill a vacant gubernatorial seat if there is more than one year to go in the term, but does not say when the special election should be held.
Senator Tomblin says he will remain a State Senator, but he will not vote in the State Senate.