Both Democrats and Republicans have spent the campaign trying to distance themselves from the president, with a string of negative campaign ads and aspersions rooted in Obama's so-called "war on coal."
Now, as ever, the challenge for state Democrats is to appeal to a Democratic electorate that still flatly disapproves of Obama.
Berch expects West Virginia politicians will try to "walk the same fine line they've been trying to navigate for the past few years."
Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat who distanced himself from Obama during election season, addressed supporters in Fairmont before the presidential results were in.
He said the new president's top priority should be healing the bitter partisan divide that's developed in the country over the past few years.
"Whoever the president will be at the end of this night...my recommendation would be this: that that president would start what I call a presidential healing tour," Manchin said.
He said the president should go state-by-state to bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats across the country.
Manchin said the president could learn a lot from the way West Virginia's leaders worked together over the past decade to get the state's financial house in order."I would invite the president to come to West Virginia first to see how we do it," Manchin said.