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Democrat Manchin holds on in W.Va.

From the NBC political unit
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's strategy of running hard against Washington Democrats has paid off.

NBC News projects that Manchin will win the state's Senate race over Republican John Raese.

The popular Democrat ran ads distancing himself from both political parties, memorably shooting a copy of the cap-and-trade bill with a rifle in one commercial. He also branded Raese, who has unsuccessfully run for statewide office twice before, as a "crazy" Tea Party-backed candidate far outside of the mainstream.

Manchin will step into the seat long held by the late Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd.