CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hoping his 16 months in Congress will prompt West Virginia voters to re-elect him to a full term this year.
The Democrat also cited his tenure as governor when he filed his candidacy papers Wednesday at the state Capitol.
Manchin won a 2010 special election to complete the term left by the late Robert C. Byrd. He beat Republican John Raese by 10 percentage points.
The seat is now up for a full, six-year term. Raese filed last week, seeking a rematch.
Manchin on Wednesday cited how West Virginia improved economically and weathered the Great Recession during his term and a half as governor. He also said he's tried to be an independent voice for the state in the Senate.
The primary is May 8.
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