THE governor's race only seems like it's between Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican challenger Bill Maloney. It should be about the elephant in the room.
Its name is poverty, and it has lived in West Virginia for many decades.
Democrats are comfortable with it. They hardly seem to notice it, and show no sense of urgency about getting rid of it.
That's a disservice to the West Virginians state government is supposed to serve.
The race should be about which candidate would most aggressively seek the changes that would make it easier to create prosperity instead.
The Daily Mail endorses Republican businessman Bill Maloney because he is most likely to do that.
To be fair, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who has been in government for most of his adult life, is one of the modern Democratic leaders who inherited a fiscal mess and have tried to fix it.
Tomblin was part of the workers compensation solution. Rates are competitive now.
Tomblin has also worked to stabilize the state's balance sheet, increase its reserves, improve its credit rating, and cut business taxes that have warded off businesses. The state hasn't had a general tax increase in 17 years, and it is zeroing out the hated food tax.