(CNN) - Voters head to the polls in West Virginia on Tuesday in a gubernatorial contest in which national Republicans are trying to tie the Democratic governor to President Barack Obama. And the contest is firmly in the national political spotlight, thanks to an infusion of big bucks that has fueled campaign ad wars over the past three weeks.
The acting governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, faces off against businessman Bill Maloney, the Republican nominee. Tomblin, the long-serving state Senate president, took over as governor last autumn after then-Gov. Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, was elected to fill the term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd. Besides Maloney and Tomblin, three independent or third-party candidates are on the ballot. The winner will fill out the final year of Manchin's gubernatorial term.
Washington (CNN) – With five days left until a gubernatorial election in West Virginia, there's no let up in the campaign ad wars.
The Republican Governors Association is up with a new commercial that targets Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who faces off on October 4 against businessman Bill Maloney, the Republican nominee.
(CNN) - With six days left until a gubernatorial election in West Virginia, it seems Democrats are bringing out the big gun.
In the final television commercial of his campaign, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is going up on West Virginia airwaves Wednesday with an ad that highlights the support he's getting from Sen. Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, former governor, and one of the most popular politicians in the state.
Washington (CNN) - Former Democratic Governors Association communications director Emily Bittner is heading over to Capitol Hill. Bittner's been named as the communications director for Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for his office here in the nation's capitol.
Before her time at the DGA, Bittner served as communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party when now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was the state's governor.
(CNN) - Democratic West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has won his state's Senate seat, CNN projects, beating out Republican nominee John Raese in a tight race for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (CNN) - Democratic strategists are becoming increasingly confident that the West Virginia Senate seat of the late Robert Byrd will remain in Democratic hands, believing that momentum is on the side of popular Governor Joe Manchin.
Former President Bill Clinton made his second appearance in the state on Monday to help bolster Manchin's prospects, at the same time that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned for Republican candidate John Raese. Sarah Palin also visited the state on Saturday to stump for Raese.
Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) – Stopping the Obama agenda means electing John Raese to the Senate, Sarah Palin said Saturday.
At an event in West Virgnia, the former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee appeared with rock star and conservative activist, Ted Nugent, and told the crowd that Obama's policies must end.
"Obama points backwards and blames everyone else, and yet he has perpetuated the problem in these last two years," Palin said.
Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) – President Bill Clinton will return to West Virginia the day before the midterm elections to try and help keep in party hands a Senate seat that's been controlled by Democrats for over half a century.
Clinton will team up at a rally Monday in Beckley, West Virginia with Gov. Joe Manchin, a popular two-term Democrat who is his party's nominee for the state's open Senate seat. This will be Clinton's second campaign stop with Manchin in West Virginia over the past month.
Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) – Sarah Palin's making a last minute stop in West Virginia Saturday to try and help the GOP win back a Senate seat that's been in the Democrats' hands for over half a century.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, along with her husband Todd, will team up at a rally at a riverfront park in Charleston with businessman John Raese, the GOP's Senate nominee, according to an announcement from the Raese campaign late Friday night.
(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.