State GOP Chairman Mike Stuart said there are key differences between the two races.
"The people of West Virginia know Joe Manchin a great deal more than they know Earl Ray Tomblin," Stuart said. "The average voter knows very little to nothing about Earl Ray Tomblin."
In the primary, Tomblin faced criticism from two of his challengers for his ties to the gambling industry and the millions of dollars received by his mother and brother's greyhound breeding interests.
But he was able to remain positive in his ads, with the exception of a direct mail piece that chided his opponents for voting for a fee increase.
Maloney, on the other hand, ran negative ads on his main opponent, former Secretary of State Betty Ireland.
Dabrowski declined to talk about the campaign's strategy for the general election.
But Stuart said, "I think folks want to engage in a pretty good conversation about how you fix the problems, and I don't think that involves a tremendous discussion about the greyhound industry."
But there are questions about party unity from both sides.
In the Democratic Party, it's not clear yet if some of Tomblin's primary opponents — who include House Speaker Rick Thompson — may act as a foil in coming months.
The same could be said of the Republican Party, though, especially given what may be the hard feelings of some in the Ireland camp.
Stuart said Maloney's win was a "painful loss" for Ireland.
"You're going to see Democrats for Maloney and you're going to see Republicans for Tomblin, that's just the way every one of these elections go," he said.
But Stuart said, "What Betty Ireland was campaigning for is for a better West Virginia, a state we don't get under Earl Ray Tomblin's leadership."
Contact writer Ry Rivard at ry.riv...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.