CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A weekend run-in between Democrat Attorney General Darrell McGraw and a Republican campaign staffer who was following him illustrates the seemingly omnipresent beings modern politicians have to deal with: trackers.
Both parties use trackers, who are typically young campaign staffers getting their foot in the door.
The trackers carry handheld cameras and follow candidates from the opposing side. They go to parades, rallies, lunches, dinners, airports - anything to film The Other Guy.
Their hope is to catch an embarrassing moment or gaffe - or even an unusual moment of candor - that can be weaponized into an attack of some sort.
Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey's campaign thinks its footage of McGraw is just this sort of thing.
As of Monday afternoon, 6,400 people had watched videos on YouTube of the incident, which ends with McGraw swatting at a camera held by Morrisey's 24-year-old tracker, Justin Lafferty.
The Morrisey campaign said Lafferty was "attacked."
The incident took place as candidates attended the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival Parade, and Milton Police Chief Gary Lilly told The Associated Press that he had received no report on the occurrence.
The Morrisey campaign released a letter from Lafferty to McGraw asking for an apology. Neither McGraw nor his campaign returned calls seeking comment.
Morrisey clearly hopes the footage will be akin to the 2004 "Scream at Racine" that was credited with helping to bring down McGraw's brother, state Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw.
Warren McGraw was filmed at the annual Labor Day picnic in Racine ranting about his opponents following him.
"They follow us looking for ugly," he said, referring to trackers.
Warren McGraw's opponent, Brent Benjamin, used the raw footage - filmed by a tracker - to cut an award-winning ad against McGraw.
It's not just Democrats who lament the tracking, of course.