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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -

By LAWRENCE MESSINA
Associated Press

The TV ads aired so far in the West Virginia's governor's race have one thing in common: President Barack Obama.

The Republican Governors Association continues the trend with its new spot attacking the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Earl Ray Tombin. The RGA ad compares the federal health care overhaul with legislation championed by Tomblin that tackles public retiree costs.

The GOP candidate, Bill Maloney, doesn't even mention Tomblin in either of his first two ads. One instead asks voters to send a message to Obama. The other has Maloney pledging to repeal the federal health care law if elected.

But Tomblin is taking on his fellow Democrat as well. His ads decry federal spending and boast of fighting the Obama administration in court over coal.

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