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West Virginia’s Last Democrat Battles Trump Tide

Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPoliticsWhen Joe Manchin heard rumblings that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was planning to switch parties and become a Republican, the Democratic senator called his friend to try to talk him out of it. “I just disagree, and I wish you wouldn’t change,” Manchin recalled telling Justice, who just nine months earlier had been elected as a Democrat on the same day Donald Trump won the state by 42 points. But the governor’s mind was made up, and soon he was sharing a stage with the president, announcing…

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