Manchin counters Palin effort with Bill Clinton visit

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin is countering his GOP opponent's visit from Sarah Palin with one from former President Bill Clinton.

Manchin's campaign announced the visit on Saturday, the same day the former Alaska Governor will rally with Republican businesman John Raese.

Clinton will headline a rally for Manchin the day before Election Day. It will be the second campaign visit Clinton has made for Manchin, who has worked to distance himself from the president and the Democratic leadership in Washington.

The popular governor is in a surprisngly tight race with Raese, who has hammered him in campaign ads as a rubberstamp for President Obama and Washington Democrats.

The latest Rasmussen poll in the race puts Manchin ahead by just three.

"The Governor is honored that his friend President Bill Clinton will join him again on the campaign trail,” said Manchin campaign spokeswoman Lara Ramsburg in a statement. “President Clinton connects with West Virginians, and this is truly a great way to ramp up the campaign heading into Election Day. We invite all West Virginians to join us.”

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