Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney won their respective primaries Saturday in the race to become West Virginia's next governor.

Tomblin and Maloney will face off in the general election campaign for the right to finish now-Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  Overnight Finance: House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP | Senate confirms banking regulator | Mulvaney eyed for interim head of consumer agency Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog MORE's term.

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Manchin (D) left the governor's office when he won the seat left open by the death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D).

Tomblin, the state Senate president, has been serving as the acting governor since Manchin's departure. He won 40 percent of the vote in Saturday's Democratic primary.

Maloney, a businessman, won 45 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. 

The special election will be held on Oct. 4. The winner will have to run for re-election in 2012.