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10 Biggest Election Wins

2. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Beats John Raese

The West Virginia Senate race provided a test better than any other of how high the Republican wave would rise. Manchin’s win showed that Democrats didn’t completely drown. But Manchin wasn’t too cocky. He released a dramatic ad featuring the candidate literally shooting down Obama’s environmental agenda. Plus, Manchin is the popular Democratic governor in a state accustomed to its representatives, like the late Robert Byrd, bringing home the bacon. Raese, heir to a steel fortune, delivered one of the election’s best lines: “I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited.” A perennial candidate, Raese has run for statewide office four times now without a victory. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

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