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Democratic W.Va. Gov. Manchin re-elected

  |   Nov. 4, 2008 at 10:05 PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin was re-elected Tuesday, defeating Republican legislator Russ Weeks and Mountain Party nominee Jesse Johnson, results indicated.

The 61-year-old Democrat ran on his efforts to reverse some of West Virginia's chronic economic woes, the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette reported.

Weeks, who came in second, is a former state senator who served in Vietnam.

Johnson -- a filmmaker, actor, and theatrical producer -- also ran for governor in 2004.

The Mountain Party is affiliated with the Green Party.

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