West Virginia Senate Race Close, Joe Manchin Leads John Raese by 5 Percent
by Steven Ertelt
September 9, 2010
Charleston, WV (LifeNews.com) — The Senate race in West Virginia has turned into a competitive contest according to a new poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and Republican businessman John Raese are now within five percentage points of each other.
The new survey of likely voters in West Virginia shows Manchin with 50% support and Raese with 45%, when leaners are included. Another 2 percent support another candidate and two percent are undecided.
If leaners are not included, Manchin posts a 48% to 44% lead over Raese, with support for Raese moving up form the last survey, which had the race at 48-42 percent for Manchin.
Both candidates are pro-life, but Manchin may find pro-life voters preferring Raese because he supports the pro-abortion health care bill Obama signed into law.
And, as pro-life Republicans vie for control of the Senate from their pro-abortion Democratic counterparts, pro-life voters may see supporting Raese as a way to help that battle.
Sixty-six percent of those who support Manchin say they are already certain how they will vote in November, as do 65% of Raese’s backers. Manchin remains highly popular in the state, with 67% approving of the job he is doing as governor versus 32% who disapprove.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen said the state’s current situation makes it so Raese may continue to improve.
"Manchin is running in a state hard hit by the bad economy and where disapproval of President Obama is even higher than it is nationally. West Virginia voters also favor repeal of the national health care law more strongly than voters nationwide," he said.
Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters in the state favor repeal of the health care bill, compared to 56% nationally. Just 29% oppose repeal.
Manchin is viewed favorably by 70% of West Virginia voters and unfavorably by 29%. For Raese, favorables are 54%, with 22% Very Favorable.
West Virginians for Life announced in August that its political action committee decided to endorse Republican Senate candidate John Raese in the primary election. The endorsement is not related to the general election in November, but if the group weighs in for Raese or makes no endorsement, that could help his campaign.
Karen Cross, the president of the West Virginia pro-life group, said the pro-life movement needed a strongly pro-life senator to replace Byrd, who compiled an extensive pro-abortion record in Congress.
"We must have strong pro-life candidates in both parties to assure us of having a good pro-life winner in November," said Cross.
"John Raese is a strong pro-life candidate. He has turned in a 100% candidate questionnaire, including the addendum on the Obamacare issue," Cross said about Raese before the primary election. "He has been pro-life and a supporter of ours for many years. We have always endorsed him in the past. We believe that he deserves our endorsement."
Related web sites:
West Virginians for Life – https://www.wvforlife.org
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