Washington (CNN) - National Republicans will invest $1.2 million to run radio and television commercials in West Virginia over the next two weeks as the GOP tries to wrest control of the Senate seat out of Democratic hands.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee seeks to closely tie the Democratic nominee, Gov. Joe Manchin, to President Barack Obama, who is suffering from an approval rating that is below 50 percent. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Friday shows that Obama's national approval rating is 42 percent.
"Big spending, more government, less freedom," a narrator says in the 30-second commercial. "We don't want a rubber stamp for Obama. We can't afford Joe Manchin in Washington."
Manchin is personally popular in the state and he won re-election by a landslide in 2008. But Obama lost the state to the Republican presidential nominee that same year by 13 perecentage points.
The Republican nominee is John Raese, who owns several business throughout the state including a radio network and a small daily newspaper.