Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spent Sunday in North Central West Virginia - Harrison, Monongalia and Marion counties - and on Monday traveled through the southern coalfield counties of Mercer, Raleigh and Cabell.
Republican challenger Bill Maloney was in his native Morgantown on Sunday and on Monday was scheduled to be in Parkersburg, Charleston and back to Morgantown. During the day he would appear separately with Reps. McKinley in Morgantown and Shelley Moore Capito at a Charleston diner.
On Election Day, Maloney planned to be in Jefferson County, Beckley and Wheeling - a disparate set of points that he planned to reach by air.
The Tomblin-Maloney match has been a 17-month contest. It began the night of May 14, 2011, when both men emerged victorious from their party primaries. Tomblin then narrowly beat Maloney in October 2011 for a one-year term. Maloney said he wanted a rematch.
The issues in the race have been simple: Maloney says Tomblin is part of 80 years of Democratic control and argues the Democrats, including Tomblin, have failed too many public school students and unemployed workers.
Tomblin's allies argue things have gotten better since the late 1980s when the state was nearly bankrupted by poor management.
Most of the state's newspaper editorial boards and special interest groups have backed Tomblin (the Daily Mail editorial board endorsed Maloney). That's something the Maloney campaign has fought through. His win could be a major rebuke of what his campaign has called the status quo.
Tomblin's campaign kept up negative ads through late last week, as sure an indication as any that the campaign did not feel the race was in the bag.
The Maloney campaign has been running more positive ads in recent weeks, though the latest included a put-down of the governor. Tomblin supporters have called the ad hypocritical because in it Maloney also calls for an end to negativity.
The Maloney campaign made less mention on TV of Tomblin family members' state-subsidized greyhound racing business, a feature of the 2011 anti-Tomblin campaign. It has mentioned the subsidies in emails as well, and anti-Tomblin operatives were trying to come up with scandals to bring down Tomblin until the last hours of the race.
Both parties have made a few hundred thousands calls to get their people to the polls.
Lucas said a select number of counties would decide the outcome.
"It's how fed up are Democrats south of Route 60 and how motivated are Republicans in the Eastern Panhandle and along the Turnpike?" Lucas said.
Those turnpike counties include Raleigh, Mercer and Greenbrier counties. U.S. 60 is the commonly accepted dividing line between the southern coalfields and the rest of the state.
Last week's heavy snowfalls have probably altered the electoral equation but perhaps not drastically. Hard hit were reliable Republican counties like Upshur and Preston but also Democratic counties like Webster, Braxton, Nicholas and Randolph. Mainly, the storm occupied the media and drowned out coverage of the race's final days.