23 December 2009

Election 2010: Congress

The National Republican Congressional Committee has targeted much of West Virginia with robo-calls this week attacking Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-1st, and Nick Rahall, D-3rd, in their respective districts, Politico reports.

The item considers the choice of Mollohan, Rahall and 14 other House incumbents "obvious" for a robo-call campaign because "these are the most vulnerable Democrats in 2010."

The major campaign observers have yet to reach that conclusion, at least regarding West Virginia's delegation.

Mollohan and Rahall don't appear on the latest lists of competitive races offered by The Rothenberg Political Report, Congressional Quarterly's CQ Politics or National Journal's Hotline.

The Cook Political Report, meanwhile, recently added Mollohan's seat to its chart, but as "likely Democratic."

Within West Virginia, the NRCC has been promoting a recent article in The Intelligencer of Wheeling reporting that former state GOP Chair David McKinley met with its officials about a possible challenge of Mollohan.

A Wheeling architect and former state lawmaker, McKinley told the newspaper "that an announcement regarding his plans should occur before the end of 2009."

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