October 30th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
October 18th, 2010
12:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Four candidates to share stage in West Virginia showdown

(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.
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Filed under: 2010 • West Virginia
October 15th, 2010
10:36 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll suggests Manchin up 10 pts. in West Virginia

(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.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • Polls • West Virginia
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