Sen. Joe Manchin III (left), West Virginia Democrat, and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, arrive to vote on the spending bill Wednesday. The Senate rejected competing Republican and Democratic spending bills as the clock continued ticking down to a March 18 deadline. (Associated Press)
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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) performs a mock swearing in of Sen-elect. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, as interim Sen. Carte Goodwin of West Virginia (left) and Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, watch. Mr. Manchin's mother, Mary, and wife Gayle look on.
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West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (left), a Democrat, leads in polls for a Senate seat, but his GOP rival, businessman John Raese (right), has closed the gap. One analyst calls it a "race worth watching."
** FILE ** West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (center) hands Carte Goodwin (left) a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a news conference at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday, July 16, 2010. Mr. Manchin named Mr. Goodwin, a member of a prominent West Virginia family, to fill temporarily the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. On Tuesday, Mr. Manchin announced his candidacy for the seat. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV looks on at right. (AP Photo/Charleston Gazette, Lawrence Pierce)
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III, a Democrat, speaks during a news conference at the opening of the annual meeting of the National Governors Association on Friday, July 9, 2010, in Boston. Mr. Manchin said that "it's highly likely" that he will run for the late Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)