CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall has won his 19th consecutive term in West Virginia.
Rahall fought off a challenge from Republican Delegate Rick Snuffer to win on Tuesday.
Snuffer had tried to portray Rahall as a congressman who hadn't fought hard enough against the Obama administration and federal regulators when it comes to coal policies.
The first-term state delegate lost to Rahall in 2004, too.
Rahall has said the coal industry is his No. 1 concern. But he's argued for diversifying the southern West Virginia economy and retraining laid-off miners for jobs in industries such as oil and gas, timbering, agriculture, tourism, technology and health services.