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Manchin: Democratic success in Republican state

By By BILL BARROW

FRIENDLY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says balance and common sense are the keys to his success as a Democratic politician in an increasingly Republican state.

The 66-year-old Manchin is on a first-name basis with more than a few West Virginia voters. His popularity at home makes him stand out in Washington.

The gun-owning, back-slapping Democrat has support from working-class voters in a conservative state. He's popular enough to have run 25 points ahead of President Barack Obama in last year's election.

Politically, at least, Manchin's success could provide a road map for Democrats in other conservative states where Republicans have dominated in recent elections.

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