09 June 2008

Election 2008: President

The New York Times casts West Virginia as solidly red as it maps out potential battleground states in the presidential race. But three of its neighbors -- Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- are considered to be in play.

The Mountain State also does not make the list of 15 where The Associated Press sees a competitive race between John McCain and Barack Obama.

Gov. Joe Manchin and Nick Casey, chair of the state's Democratic Party, both came out for Obama on the eve of Hillary Clinton's announcement that she was ending her campaign.

As AP reported, "Manchin asked West Virginians on Friday to follow Hillary Clinton's lead in supporting Democratic rival Barack Obama for the party's presidential nomination."

The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail also had coverage of Manchin's call.

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