(CNN) – Rudy Giuliani hopes he can be the closer in West Virginia, where Republicans are trying to win back a Senate seat that's been held by Democrats for more than half a century.
The former New York City mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate will team up in the state Monday with businessman John Raese, the Republican's Senate nominee. The Raese campaign says the two men will join forces at rallies in Bridgeport and Clarksburg, West Virginia, on the day before the midterm elections.
Raese faces off next week against popular two-term Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin. The winner of the special election in November will fill out the final two years of the term of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who died earlier this year. Byrd was first elected to the Senate in 1958.
The most recent polls indicate the race is neck and neck and top non-partisan political handicappers describe the contest as a toss-up.
Last week Giuliani campaigned with Senate nominee Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania and earlier this month he teamed up in California with GOP Senate challenger Carly Fiornina.
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