Although they can't vote in the race for 3rd Congressional District, Kanawha Valley residents have heard a lot about Rep. Nick Rahall and Republican Rick Snuffer lately.
Rahall, the incumbent Democrat, and Snuffer have inundated Charleston airwaves with a series of ads in recent weeks. Third District voters are also served by Charleston's media market.
Snuffer's campaign began airing ads over a month ago, portraying Snuffer as a blue-collar "independent" who would work to reverse many of President Barack Obama's policies.
Rahall, who has represented southern West Virginia in Congress since 1977, fired back with a host of ads of his own, pointing out the so-called independent took donations from Republican leaders in Congress.
While Snuffer has said he's a friend of the coal industry, Rahall's ads have pointed out Snuffer has taken campaign donations from former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.
The only polling in the race was a July poll released by the Rahall campaign showing Rahall with a sizable 28-point lead.
Though there's been no independent polling, Real Clear Politics has dubbed the race a likely Democratic win in November.
With the Rahall campaign in such a sizable lead and the Snuffer campaign starting out on a positive tone, one might wonder why Rahall's ads have been negative.
The reason is because of an outside party looking to influence the race - the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The NRCC is targeting Rahall and has called Snuffer one of its "Young Guns" and a rising star in the party.
While Snuffer has not gone negative, the NRCC has produced at least four television ads over the last six weeks attacking Rahall for his support of some of President Obama's proposals.
The most recent round of ads was part of a national $6.3 million spending blitz targeting nearly two dozen congressional districts.