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Raese Up Two Points in West Virginia

In a Rasmussen poll released today, Republican senate candidate John Raese is two points ahead of Democratic candidate Gov. Joe Manchin, 48 percent to 46 percent. This is the second poll to give Raese a lead. (Last week, the Public Policy Polling poll gave Raese a three-point lead.)

The jump – in last week’s poll, Manchin was seven points ahead of Raese – caused Rasmussen to change their status of the race from “Solid Democratic” to “Toss-Up.”

Futher proof that the race is now a toss-up: both Democrats and Republicans are investing in ads in the state. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced that it will start airing a new TV ad, which warns West Virginia voters about Raese’s opposition to the minimum wage and complains that he “failed to pay workers compensation for on-the-job injuries.”

Last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced they would spend $1.2 million in advertising in the race. (According to the National Journal’s Jeremy Jacobs, both the NRSC and DSCC will be spending about $500,000 this week.) Meanwhile, the NRSC has a new radio ad that continues the theme that Manchin will be a rubber stamp for the Obama administration, dubbing Manchin “Washington Joe”:

The Committee for Truth in Politics came out with a spot that uses comedian Stephen Colbert’s Friday House testimony to argue that the Democrats think the country’s problems “are all one big joke”:

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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