(CNN) – A day after West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin released an ad calling his opponent's ideas 'crazy,' Republican John Raese launched his own ad blasting Manchin and "his friend President Obama."
"You've heard me say that I won't be a rubber stamp for Barack Obama," Raese says in the ad. "In the Senate, I'll fight to repeal 'Obamacare,' stop its tax increases, and protect our seniors."
(CNN) - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, the state's Democratic Senate nominee, launched a new ad on Monday calling his opponent's ideas "crazy" and "bad for West Virginia."
The ad compiles video clips of Republican John Raese making a series of seemingly controversial statements, such as, "I've already been defeated three times. That's a pretty good message from West Virginia I think."
Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) -– In an interview earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, called for “a humble, grateful response” to the upcoming midterm elections.
McConnell admitted to the National Journal that the Republican brand isn’t exactly stellar and said his party must recognize that “we do not control the government and cannot control the government when the president holds the veto pen.”
But judging by his sharply partisan performance at a GOP event on Friday, McConnell is putting those warm sentiments on hold until after November 2.
Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) - Sarah Palin endorsed West Virginia's Republican Senate hopeful John Raese on Twitter this week – but she mistakenly identified him as a candidate in Pennsylvania. (The erroneous tweet was quickly replaced.)
Raese, battling Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin in a race most polls suggest is a toss-up, doesn't seem to mind.
"I am just honored that Sarah Palin would endorse me," he told CNN Friday. "I know my wife and 1,000 conservative women across West Virginia support her very much. I am just pleased to get that endorsement.
(CNN) - In Monday's West Virgina Senate debate, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin sought to claim his independence and Republican John Raese tried to attach Manchin’s name to President Obama’s as much as possible. The other two candidates seemed to act like buffers.
“I have to inform my opponent that Mr. Obama’s name will not be on the ballot for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia,” Manchin said.
(CNN) – Four candidates will be on the stage in West Virginia Monday night for the first and possibly only debate in the battle for an open Senate seat in that Democrats have controlled for over half a century.
The debate, in Morgantown, West Virginia includes Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democrat's nominee, businessman John Raese, the Republican nominee, Jess Johnson of the Mountain Party and Jesse Becker of the Constitution Party. A crowded stage with four candidates would seem to help Manchin, a popular two-term governor.
"Manchin isn't the incumbent, but he's the de-facto incumbent - the 800 pound gorilla in the race. Anytime the anti-Manchin/anti-Obama/anti-Pelosi vote divides, it helps Manchin, says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.
(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) - A new poll indicates the Senate battle in West Virginia is dead even, where the GOP hopes to capture a seat held by the Democrats for over half a century.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, 44 percent of likely voters support popular two-term Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic nominee, with an equal amount backing businessman John Raese, the Republican nominee. Five percent of those questioned support Jesse Johnson of the Mountain Party and three percent are undecided.
(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.
(CNN) - Call Bill Clinton the Democrat's go to guy this election year, and this week he's going to make a lot of stops on the campaign trail.
The former president starts Monday in Kentucky, where he teams up with Jack Conway, the state's attorney general and the Democratic Senate nominee. The former president headlines a Conway rally in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky and separately help Conway raise campaign cash at a fundraiser. Conway is battling Republican nominee Rand Paul to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning.