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West Virginia Senate: Byrd Still Gliding to Ninth Term

Byrd (D) 56%, Raese (R) 31%

At 88, Robert Byrd recently became the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, and it looks like the Democrat will have no trouble extending his tenure into 2007. Senator Byrd now leads Republican businessman John Raese 56% to 31%. Not long before Raese won the GOP primary, conducted in May, the Rasmussen Reports election poll was showing Byrd with a 57% to 34% lead.

Byrd has collected almost $4 million in campaign funds so far, including more than $800,000 from members of MoveOn.org. His opposition to the War in Iraq is a major reason for the national support of his campaign. No doubt the large amount of porkbarrel he has famously funneled to West Virginia helps generate enthusiasm at home.

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