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Results are in, and southern West Virginia has spoken.  Nick Rahall will serve another term in Congress, as the representative for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional district.

President Obama also secured his reelection, and now some West Virginians are concerned what's to come for West Virginia, their jobs, and the coal industries.  One of these individuals is the man who Rahall defeated in the election, Rick Snuffer.

"We got a president who doesn't respect our way of life," says Snuffer.

Snuffer fears another four years of the Obama administration could have detrimental results for a state that relies so heavily on coal.

Congressman Rahall assures he's in this position for the people.  In a statement to WVVA, he says today:

"I will continue doing my utmost to press for balance in our energy policies, to ensure that this Administration does not dismiss one of our most abundant domestic energy resources - coal. I will keep working diligently to promote legislation and policies that invest in the research and technologies that will enable us to use coal more cleanly and efficiently and allow us to produce coal more safely and affordably."

The EPA is trying to reduce coal's impact on water and air quality.  President Obama is behind this effort for cleaner energy solutions.

Many in West Virginia think we shouldn't neglect a way of life that the state has been accustomed to for years.

"I think that until we've got that new way of energy, I think we need to stick with what's worked," says Matt Jordan in Raleigh County.

The United Mine Workers did endorse Rahall.  He says he and his team are excited for his next term.  Meanwhile Snuffer says he is considering running again for the Congressional seat.

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