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Raese Files for U.S. Senate

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John Raese, who ran against Joe Manchin to complete Robert C. Byrd's unexpired U.S. Senate term in 2010, has filed to run for the same seat in 2012.

Raese, a Republican, lost to Manchin in a special election. The millionaire businessman said that although some consider Manchin to be a conservative Democrat, his voting record proves otherwise.

"We have a president who has been an absolute disaster, a failed disaster and a senator who supports that disaster," Raese said. "He has voted with Obama over 85 percent of that time. I think it's a bad experience for West Virginia. Last time around I called him a rubber stamp and he didn't let me down."

Raese was referring to an ad campaign in which he promised to "not be a rubber stamp for Barack Obama."

One of Raese's biggest concerns with Manchin is his support of health care reform. If elected, Raese said he will work to repeal the act, which he called "pure, unadulterated socialism."

However, Democrats remain certain that Manchin will hold on to his Senate seat. West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said in a statement that Raese is on course to lose 14 months after "West Virginia voters soundly rejected his out-of-touch agenda."

"Since he took office, Joe Manchin has proved what the people of West Virginia have known all along: that he's a true West Virginian with an independent voice for commonsense in Washington," Puccio said. "Whether it was as our Governor or our Senator, Joe Manchin has stood up time and again to national leaders, from the White House to Congress - and all because he's standing up for the people of West Virginia and what's right for America."

Manchin has not yet filed to run in 2012. The filing period ends Jan. 28.

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