Palin backs Raese for Senate

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) threw her support to Republican John Raese and his bid to win West Virginia's Senate seat for the GOP.

Palin announced endorsed Raese in his increasingly competitive race against West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D) Senate seat.

"The last thing Washington, DC needs is another rubber-stamp vote for President Obama and the liberal agenda," Palin wrote in a Facebook note. "John Raese has the courage and independence to stand up to the Washington politics of Reid and Pelosi. He’ll do what’s right for West Virginia."

There was no immediate indication as to whether Palin planned a donation to Raese's campaign, or whether she would travel to West Virginia at any point to campaign for the Republican.

Raese joins a large set of Republicans Palin has endorsed for Congress, most notably in Senate races. She's backed Rand Paul in Kentucky, Joe Miller in Alaska, Sharron Angle in Nevada, Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, Carly Fiorina in California and a slew of other conservatives — though most of those endorsements have come during the primary cycle.