November 1st, 2010
05:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats cautiously optimistic in West Virginia

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.
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Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • West Virginia
October 30th, 2010
04:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin’s plan to stop Obama

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.
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Filed under: 2010 • John Raese • Sarah Palin • West Virginia
October 30th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Clinton will try to be the closer in West Virginia

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.
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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Jack Conway • Joe Manchin • Kentucky • West Virginia
October 29th, 2010
11:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin making last minute pitch in crucial Senate battle

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.
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Filed under: 2010 • John Raese • Sarah Palin • West Virginia
October 29th, 2010
04:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Giuliani the closer?

(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.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • Rudy Giuliani • West Virginia
October 26th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
4 years ago

In West Virginia, 'crazy' and 'friend of Obama' labels fly

(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."
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Filed under: 2010 • issues • Joe Manchin • John Raese • West Virginia
October 26th, 2010
10:51 AM ET
4 years ago

Manchin goes 'crazy' on opponent

(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."
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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • West Virginia
October 22nd, 2010
10:41 PM ET
4 years ago

McConnell hammers Obama in West Virginia speech

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.
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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • Mitch McConnell • Republicans • West Virginia
October 22nd, 2010
05:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Raese embraces the Palin stamp of approval

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.
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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • Sarah Palin • West Virginia
October 18th, 2010
10:34 PM ET
4 years ago

In West Virginia, a debate about Obama

(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.
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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • West Virginia
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