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November ballot takes shape in West Virginia

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PRINCETON (WVVA) - Many major races followed expectations as votes were counted in West Virginia Tuesday night.

Pres. Barack Obama and his presumed Nov. opponent Republican Mitt Romney both easily won their primary contests in the Mountain State, though Obama's opponent Keith Judd put up a fight in Mercer County, garnering 49.6 percent of the Democratic vote.

The same held true for incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, whose victory Tuesday night sets up a November rematch with Republican John Raese, who was unopposed on the Republican ticket.

In another rematch, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will face off again with Republican challenger Bill Maloney. Tomblin narrowly defeated Maloney in last fall's special gubernatorial election.

Republican Rick Snuffer will challenge the incumbent Democrat Nick Rahall for the Third District US House seat after defeating two other contenders for the GOP nod.

In other state-level contests, Chief Justice Robin Davis and Letitita Chafin won the two Democratic nominations for the state Supreme Court, collecting 26 and 24 percent of the votes, respectively.

Clif Moore survived the controversy surrounding a Nov. 2011 DUI and subsequent arrest for driving on a suspended license to hold onto his 26th District House seat.

In one of the region's more heated primary contests, Daniel Hall defeated Senate Majority Whip Richard Browning in State Senate District 9. Both were incumbents forced to square off as a result of the state's recent redistricting.

Hall, a two-term legislator, won by 200 votes. He will face unopposed Republican Epp Cline in the fall.

On the local level, the Raleigh County fire levy passed with 63 percent of the vote. 60 percent was needed for passage.

Mercer County Sheriff Don Meadows retained his position, holding off challenger Kevin Weiss with 57 percent of the vote.

Mercer County Clerk Verlin Moye told WVVA News before polls closed that turnout was less than what he had hoped for -- less than half of all registered voters in the county.

Moye also said sporadic power outages impacted some polling places in Mercer.

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