Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginians have given Jay Rockefeller a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, despite a spirited challenge from a Republican businessman that focused on the incumbent's positions on energy.
The call was based on an analysis of voter interviews, conducted for the Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.
Harrison County challenger Jay Wolfe also hoped to capitalize on Democrats dissatisfied with Rockefeller's early endorsement of Barack Obama in the state's primary election.
Ultimately, though, voters remained loyal to the former Governor and Secretary of State, who currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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