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  Is West Virginia the next New York 9th?
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ContributorJason 
Last EditedJason  Sep 29, 2011 07:28pm
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateSaturday, September 17, 2011 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA culturally conservative but Democratic-leaning electorate goes to the polls in an off-year and delivers a big victory for Republicans and a big defeat for Obama.

It’s the story that just played out in New York’s 9th congressional district special election, but could it happen in the West Virginia governor’s race two and a half weeks from now?

Voters in the Mountain State will head to the polls Oct. 4 to fill the final year of now-Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D) term as governor, with acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) facing off against businessman Bill Maloney (R).

Republicans and Democrats acknowledge that the race has narrowed in recent weeks, and while Democrats are still seen as the favorites, just about anything is possible in this sort of unsettled electoral environment.

But casting the race as a New York 9-like referendum on President Obama largely misses the point.
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