West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese (R) has hired long-time GOP strategist Jim Dornan as his campaign manager.

"With just 19 days until the Republican primary and less than three months to the general election, I needed someone who can hit the ground running. Jim is that person," Raese said in a statement.

Dornan has managed campaigns for former Reps. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) and George Nethercutt (R-Wash.), as well as the infamous Senate campaign of former Florida Rep. Katherine Harris (R).

He also has Capitol Hill experience, having worked for six members during the course of his career.

Raese made it clear he plans to run a campaign on national issues.

"This campaign will be about who will go to the Senate and stop the radical Obama agenda of the government running everything," he said.

He's up against Gov. Joe Manchin (D) in the race to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D) term. A recent Rasmussen poll has Manchin ahead of Raese 51 percent to 35 percent.