CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginians gave Jay Rockefeller a fifth term in the U.S. Senate despite a spirited challenge from a Republican businessman.
Rockefeller was part of a clean sweep of incumbents in the state's congressional delegation, including Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who hung on in the face of big Democratic gains across the country.
In the closely contested 2nd District, four-term incumbent Capito held off against Anne Barth, a former longtime aide to Sen. Robert C. Byrd. With 73 percent of precincts reporting, Capito had nearly 56 percent of the vote, close to her total of 57 percent two years ago.
Like Democrats from Barack Obama on down the ticket, Barth sought to link her opponent to the unpopular presidency of George W. Bush. Capito billed herself as "an independent voice for West Virginia" and argued diversity within a state's congressional delegation helps its citizens.