FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2010 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stumps for Republican candidate for Senate, John Raese, during a rally at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock, file)
West Virginia U.S. Senate Republican candidate John Raese talks with supporters at the Hotel Morgan in Morgantown, WV, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 during a reception waiting for primary election results. Raese is running for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's seat in the Special Election Primary. (AP Photo/Dale Sparks)
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West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (left), a Democrat, leads in polls for a Senate seat, but his GOP rival, businessman John Raese (right), has closed the gap. One analyst calls it a "race worth watching."
Businessman John Raese, flanked by his daughters, from left, Agnes and Jane, and wife, Liz, addresses his supporters at the Hotel Morgan after being declared the Republican winner in the West Virginia primary, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 in Morgantown, W.Va. Raese, a wealthy businessman, defeated a crowded field of GOP candidates. He now becomes key to the GOP's quest to dismantle the Democratic Senate majority. Democrats are clinging to the majority as high unemployment and the slow economic recovery take a toll on their political prospects this fall. (AP Photo/Dale Sparks)