(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia leads his Republican challenger by double digits in the battle over an open Senate held by the Democrats for over half a century.
According to a Marshall University poll released Friday, 48 percent of likely voters in West Virginia support the popular two-term governor, with 38 percent backing businessman John Raese, the GOP nominee, and 12 percent undecided.
Other recent polls suggest a closer contest, including a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday that indicated the two candidates were dead even at 44 percent.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin's post-primary season has been busy. Republican John Raese, who faces Democrat Joe Manchin in the West Virginia Senate election can be added to Palin's growing endorsement list. She backed his candidacy in a new Facebook note along with eight other candidates in six states across the country.
In primary races, Palin's endorsement record stands at 19 wins and 11 losses. Her official impact as an endorser will be determined on November 2, midterm election day.
(CNN) – It's not every day a politician literally puts a bullet through a piece of legislation.
But West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, the state's Democratic Senate nominee, does just that in a new ad that rails against several of President Barack Obama's policies.
"I'll take on Washington and this administration to get the federal government off of our backs and out of our pockets," says Manchin as he is seen loading a rifle.
(Updated 7:49 p.m. ET with NRSC response)
(CNN) - Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia's Democratic Senate nominee, was the target of an ad controversy this week, and now he's retaliating.
Manchin's opponent, Republican John Raese, aired a video that showed three West Virginia voters saying Manchin should stay "right here in West Virginia." But, they weren't West Virginia voters, and they weren't even in West Virginia. Instead, the spot was shot in Philadelphia, and the three men were hired actors. The casting notice for the ad, which was paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called for actors with a "'Hicky' Blue Collar look," sparking outrage from Democrats.
(CNN) -Former President Bill Clinton's heading to West Virginia Monday, to try and keep in party hands a seat that the Democrats have held for more than half a century.
Gov. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he would be joined by the former President Monday at a rally in Morgantown, West Virginia.
UPDATE 11:00 a.m. ET: The NRSC has removed the ad from YouTube.
(CNN) - An ad out this week that's financed by National Republicans portrays three West Virginia voters in a rustic-looking diner declaring that Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democrat's Senate nominee, should stay "right here in West Virginia."
But there is one caveat: The ad was shot at least 250 miles east of the state, in Philadelphia, and features not actual West Virginians, but paid actors instead. And to look the part of a West Virginian, the talent agency in charge of casting for the spot sent out a call for a "'Hicky' Blue Collar look."
Morgantown, West Virginia (CNN) - Wealthy Republican businessman John Raese has run three times for state wide office in West Virginia over the past few decades, and has never won.
It wasn't that long ago that most political observers here and in Washington thought his fourth campaign would be a losing battle too - a Senate race against popular Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin.
(CNN) - After spending time yesterday with the Democratic Governor Joe Manchin at a parade in Milton, West Virginia, we drove to Morgantown to see his GOP opponent in this suddenly tight race for Senate.
John Raese is a wealthy businessman who has run, and lost, three statewide races here. But in an interview at his campaign headquarters, Raese said he thinks this time will be different because voters are more open to his anti-government views.
(CNN) - The television ad wars are heating up in the Senate battle in West Virginia, where Republicans may have a good shot at capturing a seat held by the Democrats for over half a century.
A new commercial from GOP Senate nominee John Raese attacks Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic nominee, over coal, which continues to play a huge role in the state's economy. Around 30,000 people in West Virginia are directly employed by the coal industry.
"We generate electricity through coal. But Joe Manchin passed a law that eliminates 25 percent of coal usage in our power plants. It's Obama's cap-and-trade bill, West Virginia style," the narrator says in the ad.