October 30th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
12 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.

Manchin faces off on Tuesday against businessman John Raese, the Republican Senate nominee. The winner of the special election will fill out the final two years of the term of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who died earlier this year. Byrd was first elected to the Senate in 1958.

"The Governor is honored that his friend President Bill Clinton will join him again on the campaign trail," Lara Ramsburg, Manchin's campaign spokesperson said. "President Clinton connects with West Virginians, and this is truly a great way to ramp up the campaign heading into Election Day. We invite all West Virginians to join us."

Clinton's second stop in West Virginia stands in contrast to the lack of any campaign appearances in the state by President Barack Obama. Polls suggest Obama is unpopular in the state, and the Raese campaign and national Republicans are trying to tie Manchin to Obama and his agenda.

The most recent polls indicate the race is neck and neck, and top non-partisan political handicappers describe the contest as a toss-up. The tone of the campaign has turned very negative the past few weeks.

Clinton's appearance with Manchin will come on the same day that former New York City Mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudi Giuliani teams up with Raese at two events. Last week Republican Sen. John McCain campaigned in the state with Raese, and Saturday his running mate in 2008, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is making a last minute stop in West Virginia to campaign with Raese.

Clinton also campaigns in Kentucky on Monday with state Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democrats' Senate nominee. This will be Clinton's second trip to Kentucky over the past month. He campaigned with Conway a few hours before teaming up with Manchin in West Virginia on October 11.

Both states have an abundance of moderate to conservative voters who most likely see the former president in a more favorable light than the current president.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Jack Conway • Joe Manchin • Kentucky • West Virginia
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  1. Pete

    Kentucky and WV need to stay Dem or big business :mining, oil will get what they want.The working man in those states are union and deserve representation that helps them.Repugs only help ceos,companies get over the working men and women.Remember Reagan with air traffic controllers,Bush was also a union buster.Dems get jobs,Repugs give them overseas!Remember to vote Democratic!!

    October 30, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |