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Joe Manchin declared winner in U.S. Senate Democratic primary

The Associated Press declares Joe Manchin as the winner of the U.S. Senate race in the Democratic primary. (WCHS/WVAH)

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin cruised to victory in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, setting up a matchup with the Republican winner in the fall.

The Associated Press declared Manchin, the incumbent, a winner Tuesday over challenger Paula Jean Swearengin of Coal City.

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Now Manchin in November will face Patrick Morrisey, the winner of the six-candidate GOP race that included U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and former Massey Energy executive Don Blankenship.

Manchin was sworn into the U.S. Senate in November 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, according to his website.

Before the Farmington, W.Va, native joined the U.S. Senate, he served six years as West Virginia governor and also was a former state legislator.

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