CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia voters are sending U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin back to Capitol Hill for another six years.
The Democrat defeated Republican John Raese and Bob Henry Baber of the Mountain Party on Tuesday.
Manchin was governor when he beat Raese in 2010 to complete the Senate term left by the late Robert C. Byrd. Then, as now, President Barack Obama's low approval ratings in West Virginia played a role in their race.
Manchin has campaigned as an independent voice for West Virginia who often disagrees with Obama. He told The Associated Press he's calling for an immediate 50-state healing tour by the winner of the presidential race. He said that gesture would help unite the country after a tough election season. Manchin also pledged to work with that victor.