Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 09, 2012 @ 12:19AM
Created on May 08, 2012 @ 9:06PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin has defeated his Democratic primary opponent, setting up a rematch of the 2010 race that put him in office.
Manchin beat former Monongalia County legislator Sheirl Fletcher, a former Republican who questioned Manchin's Democratic allegiance.
Manchin will face Republican John Raese, who was unopposed on Tuesday. The two first faced off in a 2010 special election two months after the death of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
Raese's campaign already has launched a radio ad challenging Manchin's support for Obama's health care plan.
Manchin came under recent scrutiny for saying he's not sure whether he'll vote for President Barack Obama or presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in November.
More Information: Senator Joe Manchin Statement
Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement after winning the Democratic primary nomination for the Senate.
“I want to thank all of the volunteers, supporters and people of this great state who continue to give me the opportunity to serve them. I am truly honored and humbled by your confidence.
“The people of West Virginia know that I always have and I always will stand up for our state, our families and common sense. I will continue to work hard to stop the political bickering and bring Democrats, Independents and Republicans together so we can put our country first and do what is right for the next generation – and rebuild America by putting Americans back to work.
“Again, thank you – and I strongly encourage all the people of our state to exercise their freedom and participate in the November election.”
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May 09, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Congratulations Joe. I will be voting for you in November. A Taylor County Republican.
May 08, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Well with with 35-40% of democrats in WV voting for an inmate Manchin knows that admitting that he would vote for a Black guy would just be shooting himself in the foot.