Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
West Virginia 3rd: Nick Rahall (D) vs. Elliott "Spike" Maynard (R)
Primary: May 11, 2010
Location: Southern West Virginia
Days until Election Day: 59
For more than 30 years, Nick Rahall has represented West Virginians in the heart of "coal country" and has very rarely had to break a sweat on Election Night. That may change in 2010. The 17-term Democrat now faces what will likely be one of his toughest re-election battles to date, though for Rahall, any race where he doesn't rack up a 30-point victory margin might be considered a squeaker.