Here is a summary of the election results in West Virginia: (View full map)


Mitt Romney defeated President Obama in this state where concerns about coal reign supreme, according to the Associated Press. In the Denver debate, Romney had declared: “And, by the way, I like coal,” and said people in the coal industry felt they were “getting crushed” by the president’s policies.


Sen. Joe Manchin (D) was elected to his first full six-year term Tuesday, defeating Republican John Raese for the second time in a fight for the seat long held by legendary Sen. Robert Byrd (D). Manchin had sought to keep his distance from Obama.


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D), who ran as a friend of coal, defeated businessman Bill Maloney. “West Virginia is, and, if I have anything to do with it, always will be an energy leader for our country,” Tomblin said in campaign materials. Maloney, for his part, helped with the rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners in 2010. The election turned ugly, with the Maloney campaign accusing Tomblin of engaging in dirty tricks, and the Tomblin campaign tarring Maloney as a “New York native.”


All three incumbents were reelected. Republicans Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley had an easy time of it. Democrat Nick J. Rahall II, who has kept a heavy focus on mining since first being elected in 1976, had a somewhat closer race against Rick Snuffer (R), a state delegate who had warned that Obama was waging a “war on coal.”

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