West Virginia Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin and Republican businessman John Raese came to easy victories Saturday for their respective party’s nomination in a special West Virginia primary for the U.S. Senate.
They will compete at the Nov. 2 general election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd, who died in June at 92 after serving a record breaking nine terms between 1959 and 2010.
Machin, 63, topped the list with 65,293 or 46 percent of the vote, while the 60-year-old Raese received 37,573 or 26 perent of the vote, according to unofficial results released by Natalie Tennant, West Virginia’s secretary of state.
Democrat Ken Hechler, a 95-year-old former congressman and secretary of state, came in third with 15,619 votes.
Raese lost to Byrd in the 2006 West Virginia Senate race.