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Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

This photo taken April 4, 2014, shows West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, right, speaking with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., left, during a tour of the National Research Center for Coal & Energy on WVU's Evansdale Campus in Morgantown, W.Va. Tennant hopes her allegiance to West Virginia’s coal industry is enough to separate herself from President Barack Obama and retain a Senate seat for Democrats in a state that has sprinted to the right. It’s a proven strategy for Democrats in Republican-leaning energy producing states, used by West Virginia’s two senators, Joe Manchin and retiring Jay Rockefeller, and their colleagues like Mark Begich in Alaska, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. The question in the November elections is whether that’s enough to hold onto a tenuous Senate majority with Republicans gunning for more than a half-dozen seats in states like West Virginia, where Obama lost and remains unpopular. (AP Photo/The Dominion Post, Matt Sunday)

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