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Bill Clinton, Palin Join W. Va Battle

Race for Byrd's seat pits Comeback Kid against Mama Grizzly
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2010 3:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Big guns from both sides have joined the fray as the Senate race in West Virginia tightens up. The state hasn't sent a Republican to the Senate since 1958 but Gov. Joe Manchin, running for the seat left open by Sen. Robert Byrd's death, is facing a tough challenge from Republican businessman John Raese, who has Sarah Palin's support, the AP notes. "The last things Washington DC needs is another rubber-stamp vote for President Obama and the liberal agenda," Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

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Bill Clinton—the last Democratic presidential candidate to win West Virginia—spent Monday in the state trying to raise Manchin's profile, telling voters that the Democrat would have a huge lead if it wasn't for the country's struggling economy. "I don't blame anybody for being mad. We've had a huge economic body blow," Clinton said. "But I'm old enough to know that if you make a decision when you're mad—and this is not just politics—there's about an 80% chance you're going to make a mistake." The GOP canceled a campaign ad in the state after a casting call was made for "hicky" actors, click here for that story.
(Read more Election 2010 stories.)

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