CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ten Republicans filed Thursday to run for West Virginia's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
John Raese, an industrialist and media owner, and Mac Warner, recent U.S. House candidate who did not win his party's nomination, are the best known among the Republican hopefuls.
Jesse Johnson, a Mountain Party candidate, is expected to enter the race today, the last day to file to run for the seat.
Popular Gov. Joe Manchin and two other Democrats filed their paperwork earlier this week.
The parties will hold Aug. 28 primaries before the Nov. 2 general election.
Raese is running a pro-business, anti-regulation and anti-tax platform similar to the one he ran on in 2006 when he unsuccessfully challenged Robert Byrd. Raese spent $2.2 million of his own money in that race.
If he gets to the general election, Raese plans to take on Manchin for supporting Obama administration policies like health care reform.
"I think if I was Joe Manchin right now - and I'm trying to help him now in the Democratic primary - I'd be doing some denouncing now of what's going on in Washington," Raese said. "And I don't hear a lot of denouncing."
Manchin, a centrist who won his second term with nearly 70 percent of the vote, was the first candidate to file Tuesday and is generally seen as the front-runner. But he must first prevail against primary rivals Ken Hechler, 95, a former congressman and secretary of state, and Sheirl Fletcher, a former state lawmaker and Republican-turned-Democrat.
The other Republicans filing Thursday include a substitute teacher's aide also running for the state Legislature, and a California man who attracted 44 votes in the party's 2008 New Hampshire presidential primary.
November's winner will serve the two-plus years that would remain in Byrd's term and take over for Sen. Carte Goodwin, Manchin's Democratic appointee to the seat. Goodwin, 36, was sworn in Tuesday and has said he does not plan to run.
Warner, a developer, lost the May Republican primary in the 1st Congressional District. Morgantown-based like Raese, Warner hails from a political family that includes brothers who have been state GOP chairman, the party's 2004 nominee for governor and U.S. attorney for southern West Virginia. Warner's House campaign had received backing from Tea Party supporters.
"Joe Manchin has perfect the skills of the professional political - telling people what they want to hear while straddling the fence on virtually every issue," Warner said.
Raese, likewise, took on "career politicians."