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Raese’s Wife Loses W.Va. Voter Status
|Last Edited||RP Oct 15, 2010 06:01pm|
|News Date||Saturday, October 16, 2010 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||In an escalating residency controversy between West Virginia’s Senate contenders, the wife of Republican businessman John Raese is being purged from the state’s voter rolls because she is also registered to vote in Florida. |
John Raese is running against Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin to fill the seat of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D).
Roll Call confirmed Friday that Elizabeth Raese is registered to vote in both states but has not voted in West Virginia since 1998. But in an interview this week with Time magazine, she indicated that she would be — and has been — voting in West Virginia.
“We are West Virginians,” Elizabeth Raese said, according to Time reporter Jay Newton-Small. “We live here, we vote here, people know that. We also have a home in Colorado, but we’re not residents there either.”
Raese campaign spokesman Kevin McLaughlin said Elizabeth Raese does not remember the conversation with the Time reporter, but he added that, “If she did say this, she obviously misspoke.”