By Abby Livingston, Roll Call
Republican businessman John Raese has filed to challenge Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in a rematch of one of the most closely watched Senate races of the 2010 cycle.
In the race to finish out the late Sen. Robert Byrdâ€™s (D) term, Manchin beat Raese by a 10-point margin. Manchin is running for re-election this year and is seeking his first full six-year term in the Senate.
Manchinâ€™s 2010 margin was larger than many expectations. Manchin successfully distanced himself from President Barack Obama and positioned himself as a conservative Democrat in one of the worst cycles for Democrats in modern politics.
â€œJust 14 months after West Virginia voters soundly rejected his out-of-touch agenda that would devastate our families, Raese is again going to try to buy our votes, even though he thinks we’re a bunch of hicks,â€ West Virginia Democratic Chairman Larry Puccio said in a statement.
To read more, visit: Â http://www.rollcall.com/news/John-Raese-Joe-Manchin-WVa-Senate-211481-1.html?pos=hatr
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