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What West Virginia '11 Says About West Virginia '12

Manchin wasn't the only politician keeping a close eye on Tuesday night's returns. McKinley, who beat Democrat Mike Oliverio in 2010 by less than 1 percent of the vote, faces a likely rematch against the former state senator, who is running again. Meanwhile, former Rep. Alan Mollohan, a Democrat who Oliverio beat in the 2010 primary, hasn't ruled out another run of his own. And the district was virtually unchanged in the redistricting process. Maloney's hometown of Morgantown is in the 1st District, in the northernmost part of the state. He carried its counties by nearly six points on Tuesday. That's encouraging news for McKinley. George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., won there by double digits, but it's a competitive district, something McKinley knows well. The freshman lawmaker has not always hewed to the Republican Party line: He was one of just four GOP House members to vote against Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan.

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