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Manchin was elected to the Senate by a special election on November 2, 2010, to fill the late Robert Byrd's seat.[1] Between Byrd's death in July and the special election, Byrd's seat was temporarily held by his chief counsel, Carte Goodwin.[2] He defeated John R. Raese (R), Jesse Johnson (Mountain Party) and Jeff Becker (Constitution).[3]

U.S. Senate, West Virginia, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Manchin III 53.5% 283,358
     Republican John R. Raese 43.4% 230,013
     Mountain Jesse Johnson 1.9% 10,152
     Constitution Jeff Becker 1.2% 6,425
Total Votes 529,948

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