Rasmussen says he does.
Republican John Raese has edged ahead of West Virginia’s popular Democratic Governor Joe Manchin for the first time in the state’s special U.S. Senate race.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely West Virginia Voters finds Raese earning 48% support to Manchin’s 46% when leaners are included. Two percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
Now, the NRA endorsement of Manchin could shift things, but I still believe this race will continue to be a huge headache for the Democrats. Without an icon or self-funder on their ticket, the Dems are getting the full-force of the Mountain State’s 21st-Century friendliness to the GOP.
As for Manchin, again, he may actually suffer from the fact that he’s still Governor – and thus all of those who like him but can’t stand the Obama Administration can tell themselves they’re just voting to keep him in the state capital.