West Virginia: Clinton to Rally for Barth in Charleston

Posted October 8, 2008 at 6:24pm

In an effort to capitalize on the deep well of support Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) continues to enjoy in the Mountain State, 2nd district hopeful Anne Barth (D) will hit the campaign trail Friday with the former presidential hopeful.

Clinton, who took 67 percent in West Virginia’s Democratic primary, will stump for Barth at a rally at the University of Charleston on Friday afternoon.

Barth, a former state director for Sen. Robert Byrd (D), is hoping to knock off Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) this fall. Barth has earned strong support from national party leaders including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is targeting the seat as part of its “Red to Blue” campaign program.

It’s an uphill battle, but Barth is hoping that the anti-incumbent sentiment of this election cycle and her ties to Byrd, who is wildly popular in the state, will carry her to victory.

In a news release this week, Barth called Clinton “a role model to me and to so many women in West Virginia. These are serious times, and facing these challenges as a state and as a nation will require serious, dedicated and effective public servants. These are among the qualities that Sen. Byrd and so many West Virginians admire about Sen. Clinton, and I hope to follow her example in Washington.”