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Obama, Clinton ‘most admired’

For the third straight year, President Obama ranks as the man most admired by people living in the U.S.

The annual USA Today-Gallup poll, released Monday, finds that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most admired woman for the ninth year in a row. Mrs. Clinton edges out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and TV host Oprah Winfrey, as she did last year.

The poll asks respondents to name the man, and the woman, living in any part of the world, they admire most.

Mr. Obama has been the poll’s most admired man since his election in 2008. Following Mr. Obama on the list this year are former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton has been the most admired woman 15 times since 1992.


Auditor urges special election

CHARLESTON | State Auditor Glen Gainer is jumping into the debate over whether a special election for West Virginia governor should be held next year.

In a filing with the state Supreme Court on Monday, Mr. Gainer argues that West Virginia’s Constitution is clear and trumps any state law covering gubernatorial succession. Mr. Gainer supports the two lawsuits that seek a special gubernatorial election.

Former Gov. Joe Manchin III’s election to the U.S. Senate elevated state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin to acting governor.

Legislative lawyers have argued that their reading of state law means Mr. Tomblin can serve until the next general election in 2012.

Mr. Gainer argues if Mr. Tomblin is allowed to serve one year as governor, then the constitution will be circumvented.


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