Morgantown businessman John Raese (R), who lost a battle for the U.S. Senate in 2010, has decided he wants a rematch.
Raese filed his paperwork with the Secretary of State's office Thursday. If he wins the Republican primary in May, we could be in store for another fiercely fought battle for former Sen. Robert C. Byrd's seat.
Raese lost to Democrat Joe Manchin in 2010 by a margin of 53-43. The difference was 53,000 votes.
According to MetroNews, he told reporters at the Capitol Thursday he had a "little unfinished business" to handle.
During his 2010 campaign, Raese proposed eliminating the U.S. Department of Education and tried to tie Manchin to President Barack Obama.
Raese previously and unsuccessfully ran for the Senate in 1984 against Jay Rockefeller (D) and Byrd (D) in 2006.
Some of the highlights of the 2010 race:
Remember when Manchin shot the cap-and-trade bill?
Remember when Raese proposed putting a "1,000-laser system" in the sky to prevent nuclear attacks?
Remember the hick ad controversy?
A statement from West Virginia Democrats on Raese's filing:
“Florida resident John Raese has now made it official - he's on his fourth attempt to lose a U.S. Senate seat. Just 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. John Raese and his national Republican friends like Mitch McConnell - who tried to keep WVU out of the Big 12 - are better off trying to get him on the ballot in Florida, where he lives.
"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. 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.”
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