FAIRMONT (WVVA) - Sen. Joe Manchin has successfully fought off another challenge from John Raese, retaining his U.S. Senate seat.
The race was called by multiple media outlets soon after West Virginia polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
With nearly half the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Manchin held a 61%-35% lead over his Republican opponent.
The two had previously met in a special election for the Senate seat in 2010, which was vacated after the death of longtime Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hoping his brief time on Capitol Hill will prompt West Virginia voters to return him for six more years.
But Republican John Raese is banking on President Barack Obama's unpopularity in the state while asking voters to make a change.
Manchin was governor when he defeated Raese in 2010 to complete the term left by the late Robert C. Byrd. A Democrat, Manchin has campaigned as an independent voice for West Virginia who often disagrees with Obama.
Raese has courted the state's tea party movement. He believes that Obama's policies have harmed the state. Raese is a multimillionaire business owner from Morgantown. This is Raese's fifth attempt at statewide or federal office.
The U.S. Senate race also features Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber.
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