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West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin talks to President Obama at a memorial service in July for Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. The Democratic governor was expected to cruise to victory in the race to fill the Senate seat Byrd occupied, but his Republican opponent, John Raese, has tried to tie the popular governor to the not-so-popular president and is ahead in some polls. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) inspects Japan's high-speed-train operations in Saitama, as his home state looks to modernize its rail system. California is among the states that received $8 billion in stimulus money for high-speed rail. Shuji Kajiyama/Getty Images hide caption

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