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Rockefeller not seeking re-election

Democrats have a problem in 2014, Republicans say

January 12, 2013

CHARLESTON — The onus will be on West Virginia Democrats to find a strong candidate in 2014 for the U.S. Senate, Republican Party representatives said Friday. Se....

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Jan-13-13 9:47 AM

Like I said before! Senator Rockefeller has never separated himself from the people he serves. I have always seen him as a man who has tried to do what is right, not only for our state, but for the country as well. He will be missed.

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Jan-13-13 8:41 AM

It will be interesting to see how West Virginia fares in the absence of this "great" senator. Anyone would be an improvement.

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Jan-12-13 6:51 PM

"Phoenix" Senator Rockefeller has always answered my letters! What was it you were asking, that he didn't reply?

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Jan-12-13 5:57 PM

Good Riddance! I won't miss his form letter Non-replies to correspondance.

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Jan-12-13 8:13 AM

No surprise to middle-of-the-road voters in the headline or obvious slant of the story. I particularly get a chuckle when one side or the other has the arrogance to declare that their counterparts are in "trouble". But then again this foolish self-confidence also often leads to a confident coasting to the finish line only to find you've been beaten again. Also laughable are the worn out and misleading talking points being regurgitated by one party's faithful. These were many of the same talking points that were going to defeat our current and twice elected President ... in their dreams.

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Jan-12-13 7:19 AM

Pre- season 2014 Prediction:

Democrats -> Nick Rahall decides he has a chance at the position. Wins the primary over relatively unknown candidates.

Republicans -> John "Blame Obama for everything" Raese against Shelly Moore "I'm entitled to the position" Capito fight a very expensive primary campaign with Capito winning.

Rahall sqeeks by in the general election due to the ugliness in the Republican primary.

Just an early-early prediction of what might happen. But what do I know, I predicted the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

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Jan-12-13 6:09 AM

As the republicans have shown time and time again the last 4 years, never under estimate their power to screw up royally by nominating the wrong person."John Raese," "Mitt Romney"

That said, it will likely be a tough fight for the Democrats, but the earlier an incumbent announces a retirement the better the chances that party tends to have at retaining control of the seat.

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