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And so it begins, Republicans have already started their attack machine ads on the eight term Senator of West Virginia. From the Washington Post(bottom of page):
The National Republican Senatorial Committee plans to inaugurate its 2006 advertising campaign today with a West Virginia spot accusing Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who is up for reelection next year, of having grown too liberal for the Mountain State.
"We all agree he's changed," the ad said. "But is it good for West Virginia?"
Republicans said they believe they have a shot at finally knocking off the longtime senator, pointing out that President Bush twice won the state, the last time by 13 percentage points. The GOP has not settled on a candidate but is hoping that Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) will run.
Byrd, 87, hasn't taken less than 60 percent of the vote since Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office. Byrd has not announced whether he will run for what would be his ninth term, but spokesman Tom Gavin said the lawmaker has "every intention" of seeking reelection.
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