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Romney easy favorite as W.Va. heads to polls


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia voters must decide whether their disapproval of President Barack Obama will influence who else they pick on Tuesday's ballot.

Obama is unpopular in the state, and such fellow Democrats as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin have kept their distance.

But Republican John Raese has made Obama a big part of his campaign as he challenges Manchin. So has Bill Maloney, who is Tomblin's GOP opponent.

The GOP's Obama strategy extends to other statewide executive branch races, including the one for attorney general.

Voters must also choose two state Supreme Court justices. Half the state Senate is up Tuesday, along with the entire House of Delegates.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to win West Virginia's five electoral votes handily.

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