West Virginia Poll Has John Raese Possibly Defeating Joe Manchin for Senate
by Steven Ertelt
September 21, 2010
Charleston, WV (LifeNews.com) — Two new polls in the West Virginia race for the U.S. Senate show Republican candidate John Raese has a chance of defeating Democratic candidate Joe Manchin. While both candidates are pro-life, a Raese win would give pro-life advocates a chance to retake the Senate from abortion backers.
A new survey from the Public Policy Polling institute shows a very tight race with Raese leading Manchin 46-43 percent, a result within the poll’s margin of error.
"The contest provides a fascinating choice for voters in the state who love their Democratic Governor but hate the party’s ranks in Washington DC that he would be joining," the polling firm said.
Manchin is the second most popular governor PPP has polled all year, but West Virginians couldn’t be much more down on national Democrats as pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s approval rating in the state is just 30% with 64% of voters disapproving of him.
"Given the President’s high degree of unpopularity it’s no surprise that 54% of voters in the state want Republicans to control the next Congress with just 37% wanting the Democrats to stay in charge," PPP says. "Despite Manchin’s 42% approval rating with Republicans he’s getting only 14% of their votes."
The poll comes after a survey Rasmussen Reports released on Monday.
Manchin still holds 50% support in his bid to be the states next U.S. senator, Rasmussen showed while Raese had the backing of 43 percent with leaners included for both candidates.
Manchin held a 50% to 45% lead two weeks ago with leaners as part of the totals. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate.
Without leaners, Manchin leads 47% to 42%. That compares to 48% to 44% in the previous survey Rasmussen conducted.
Seventy-four percent (74%) of Manchin supporters say they are already certain how they will vote in November, as are 68% of those who favor Raese, Rasmussen found.
Manchin has the backing of 73% of the states Democrats, while 66% of West Virginia Republicans support Raese. Voters not affiliated with either of the major parties prefer the Republican by 10 points.
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 was 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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