The NRCC spent $12,000 on a television advertising campaign earlier this year to criticize Rahall for his vote on a proposed budget amendment, NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said. Proponents called it the "Back to Work Budget" and said it would create 7 million jobs.
The GOP said the plan, which was proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was an attack on the coal industry. Rahall was one of 84 Democrats to vote for the measure; 104 Democrats and every Republican voted against.
Rahall is used to GOP attacks from outside and inside the state, Crow said.
"He plans to campaign very hard and very vigorously and fight back very strongly against the big special interest and out-of-state folks who want to come in and spend millions to try and beat him."
No GOP challenger has announced plans to enter the race. It won't remain that way for long, according to an announcement emailed from the state party.
"We will have a quality candidate and resources that ensure Congressman Rahall's personal war on coal will be stopped," said state party chairman Conrad Lucas.
"West Virginia families deserve a representative who will protect our liberties and our energy jobs, not destroy them," he continued.
Freshman state Sen. Bill Cole, R-Mercer, reportedly is considered a prospect by the NRCC, but Cole hasn't announced his plans yet. Former Delegate Rick Snuffer, who lost to Rahall in the last election, is also rumored to be considering another run for the seat.