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The Charleston Gazette reports that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, has won reelection. Manchin is exactly the type of Democrat that wins in West Virginia: socially conservative and in touch with the economic anxieties of his state's residents.
Republicans have big problems in West Virginia -- except at the presidential level. They've really struggled to build a group of young stars to win elections statewide.
Question to ponder: Which will happen first, Republicans gain in West Virginia in state politics or Democrats figure out how to win the state at the presidential level again?
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