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Sarah Palin takes on Bill Clinton in West Virginia Senate race

Sarah Palin announced Monday she was backing Republican businessman John Raese while Bill Clinton was in W. Virginia campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin. Which endorsement carries more weight?

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a rally for West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin in Morgantown, W.Va. on Monday.

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It is the Comeback Kid against the Mama Grizzly in West Virginia's Senate race.

Former President Bill Clinton spent Monday in West Virginia, hoping to boost Gov. Joe Manchin's campaign as it struggles against wealthy Republican businessman John Raese. Meanwhile, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced she was backing Raese on her Facebook page, hoping to again demonstrate her political roar.

"He did every single thing you want Washington to do," Clinton said of Manchin during an event in Morgantown, W.Va. If it weren't for the nation's economic struggles, Clinton said, Manchin would "be ahead by 30 points, and you know it."

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But the economy is a mess and Manchin is in a tight race.

Manchin enjoys high popularity in the state and was assumed to have an easy route to the seat left open by Sen. Robert Byrd's death. But Raese has closed in, and strategists from both parties are now paying close attention to the race.


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