Rahall wants more jobs; opponent wants him out

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Associated Press

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 10:05 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Congressman Nick Rahall is going after his 19th consecutive term representing West Virginia's 3rd District, but first he'll have to get by Republican state House of Delegates member Rick Snuffer on Tuesday.

Snuffer lost to Rahall in the 2004 general election.

He believes Rahall is out of touch with the issues 3rd District voters want addressed, including Rahall's support of President Barack Obama. Critics accuse the Obama administration of waging a "war on coal" through its energy policies, pursuit of environmental standards and handling of mining-related permits.

Rahall says his highest priority is bringing more jobs to help replace those lost by coal industry layoffs.

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