The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Well, He Locked Up the West Virginian Obama-Backing Arab-American Vote.


Hmm. Laugh at the cheesy background music if you like, but I think West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall may run into trouble in his R+6 district for bragging about his early support of Obama, and how he helped mobilize the Arab-American vote for Obama in 2008.

Rahall looked vulnerable very early on, then looked pretty good in some polls. But Obama is phenomenally unpopular in West Virginia; if challenger Spike Maynard can tie Rahall to the president enough, this may be Rahall’s toughest race in a long while. Rahall’s first congressional win came in 1976.

Tags: Barack Obama , Nick Rahall , Spike Maynard


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