West Virginia Poll Has Republican John Raese Leading Democrat Joe Manchin
by Steven Ertelt
September 28, 2010
Charleston, WV (LifeNews.com) — A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows pro-life Republican candidate John Raese leading the close West Virginia Senate race for the first time. He holds a lead over Democrat Joe Manchin, the current governor, is running as a pro-life candidate.
The new telephone survey of likely West Virginia voters finds Raese earning 48% support to Manchins 46% when leaners are included. Another 5% prefer some other candidate and four percent are undecided.
"This race has been closer than expected for weeks as Manchin, despite his popularity with voters in the state, faces an electorate that is even unhappier with the national Democratic agenda than voters in most other parts of the country," says pollster Scott Rasmussen.
The new Rasmussen survey comes after a poll from the Public Policy Polling institute showing Raese leading Manchin 46-43 percent.
Jim Geraghty of the conservative National Review, says the poll is another indication that Republican candidates are headed towards an election that will find them faring well.
"Obviously, this is only one poll, but it confirms the close race portrayed by other recent surveys and suggests that like Connecticut, the momentum is with the upstart challenger, not the Democrat well-known from years of work in the state capital," he said.
Manchin is pro-life, but has upset some pro-life voters in West Virginia by appearing to support ObamaCare, the government-run health care plan featuring taxpayer funded abortions that President Barack Obama signed into law.
Although Manchin endorsed Obama’s efforts and voiced support for the bill before and after its passage in March, Manchin is now calling for the partial repeal of the law.
"I believe in health care reform. I don’t believe in the way this bill was passed," Manchin said Sunday afternoon, according to Real Clear Politics. "Why they overreached, I don’t know."
Manchin clarified that he favored "repealing the things that are bad in that bill."
"Can’t you keep that as a good base?" he said of provisions he liked, adding, "It’s a great bill."
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."
The group has not yet issued an endorsement for the general election.
Related web sites:
West Virginians for Life – https://www.wvforlife.org
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