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West Virginia Senate: Byrd Flying to Reelection With 33 Point Lead
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 11 September 2006 | Scott Rasmussen

Posted on 09/11/2006 3:42:21 PM PDT by okstate

After garnering support levels in the high 50s for the last several months, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd has pierced the 60% threshold in our polling to now lead Republican John Raese 63% to 30%.

That adds eight points to the spread. Our August survey showed the Senator over-flying his Republican opponent 56% to 31%, a mere twenty-five-point advantage.

Byrd, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, is known for his oratory, unabashed vigor in bringing pork projects to his state, and opposition to the war in Iraq. Should he win, he will be 89 as he begins his new term.

A West Virginia paper noted in a recent editorial that the Republican challenger is still being sighted on the campaign trail, implying that Raese's efforts to replace Byrd, albeit foundering, are not yet dead.

Senator Byrd is viewed favorably by 74%, "very favorably" by 47%. Reese is viewed favorably by 42%, "very favorably" by only 12%; 23% view him "very unfavorably."

Another popular Democrat in the state is Governor Joe Manchin; his job performance wins 79% overall approval, 41% strong approval. The latter figure is close to the proportion, 42%, who "strongly disapprove" of the performance of President Bush.

The frequent discrepancy in how Republican voters and Democratic voters view the ideology of their candidates is quite marked in Byrd's case. Fifty-six percent (56%) of Republicans see the Senator as politically liberal, 21% as moderate. By contrast, 46% of Democrats see him as moderate, only 18% as liberal. And an even greater number of Democrats, 28%, see him as conservative.

Raese is seen as conservative by a plurality of each of these groups, and by 55% of liberals.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 109th; 2006polls; byrd; election2006; elections; elections2006; kkk; poll; polls; raese; rasmussen; rasmussenreports; sheets; westvirginia; wv
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Too bad Shelley Moore Capito didn't join the race or we could've gotten rid of Senator "KKK" Sheets once and for all.
1 posted on 09/11/2006 3:42:22 PM PDT by okstate
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To: okstate

Funny, but 33 points is also Sheets Byrd's functional IQ, now that he is demented. Ever hear this loon talk recently?


2 posted on 09/11/2006 3:44:22 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: okstate

prettyyy prettyyy prettyy


3 posted on 09/11/2006 3:44:32 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Somebody important make....THE CALL!)
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To: okstate

Why on earth would West Virginia which has become more conservative in recent years and voted for Bush twice vote for this unabashed liberal, Bush basher and looney tune like Byrd? I guess the same could have been said of Strom Thurmond, but who the hell wants an 89 year old Senator who already looks like he's quickly approaching Crypt Keeper status in terms of appearance? I don't know, I just don't get how some people vote and think sometimes, or don't think as is more appropo to this.


4 posted on 09/11/2006 3:45:26 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: FormerACLUmember

I can't believe the good people of West Virginia are willing to pay this man over 100k a year to sleep in the chairs of the Senate chamber day in and day out.


5 posted on 09/11/2006 3:45:39 PM PDT by okstate
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To: MikeA

Pork...he delivers the pork.


6 posted on 09/11/2006 3:45:51 PM PDT by Chicos_Bail_Bonds
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To: MikeA

West Virginia is a relatively poor state and Byrd brings home the big federal dollars.


7 posted on 09/11/2006 3:47:19 PM PDT by writmeister
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To: okstate

Oh, bugger.


8 posted on 09/11/2006 3:48:32 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: okstate

He's going to get 100% of the Klan vote, like he always does!


9 posted on 09/11/2006 3:48:35 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: okstate

Proving once again that the people of West Virginia are for sale. Keep that Pork rolling in and you have a lifetime job.

I have to say West Virginia isnt the only state that way. massachusetts is just as bad, and here in Maryland Steny Hoyer is the great porker.


10 posted on 09/11/2006 3:50:46 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: okstate

I think we just keep him around because we need something besides our relatives and neighbors to call "As old as the hills." On the other hand, Joe Mancin seems to be a decent guy.


11 posted on 09/11/2006 3:52:12 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: okstate

I feel sorry for the West Virginia voters: they seem to "get it" when it comes to Presidential elections, but don't understand how a jerk like Byrd can hurt us.


12 posted on 09/11/2006 3:53:01 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of "dependence on government"!)
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To: okstate
Too bad Shelley Moore Capito didn't join the race or we could've gotten rid of Senator "KKK" Sheets once and for all.

Yes it is a shame. However, the very least the State of WV should consider, is pulling this old geezer's license, which by the way, I just happen to have a copy.

byrdlicense

13 posted on 09/11/2006 3:53:50 PM PDT by seasoned traditionalist (ALL MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTS, BUT ALL TERRORISTS WHO WANT TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY, ARE MUSLIMS)
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To: okstate

The Klan must be so proud. The former Kleagle or Beagle or whatever the hell those nitwits call themselves gets to stay in the Senate. America loses for another 6 years.


14 posted on 09/11/2006 4:00:45 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: MikeA

"Why on earth would West Virginia which has become more conservative in recent years and voted for Bush twice vote for this unabashed liberal?"

Look at who they elected as their other Senator for your answer.

LLS


15 posted on 09/11/2006 4:01:40 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: okstate
You don't know the power of the dark side of the Senate!
16 posted on 09/11/2006 4:02:55 PM PDT by T.Smith
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To: okstate

How big is his lead over the Grim Reaper? I hear it's getting down to the wire.


17 posted on 09/11/2006 4:03:30 PM PDT by Defiant (Under Bush the adults are back in charge, but they are your friend's cool parents.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

What is it about this old fart that keeps him getting re-elected time after time? All the money (read PORK) he brings to his constituents or what???


18 posted on 09/11/2006 4:10:40 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: okstate

He bought this state with our tax money, what do you expect his tenants to do?


19 posted on 09/11/2006 4:12:19 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: okstate

What else can you expect from people who wouldn't sodomize a goat unless it was a near relation?


20 posted on 09/11/2006 4:13:20 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Marysecretary

Have you ever done a search for all the roads, buildings and bridges that have the name "Robert Byrd" on them? It is sickening.


21 posted on 09/11/2006 4:13:34 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: okstate

Term limits.


22 posted on 09/11/2006 4:14:17 PM PDT by zendari
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To: okstate

I must remember to detour around West Virginia - I don't wanna catch whatever it is they have. And 60% sounds like an epidemic.


23 posted on 09/11/2006 4:15:03 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: okstate

How is Kim Wolfe polling against that Hizbollah-loving towelhead terrorist Nick Rahall?


24 posted on 09/11/2006 4:21:22 PM PDT by montag813
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To: okstate

Will the "white n*****s" vote for this old Klansman?


25 posted on 09/11/2006 4:23:41 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: okstate

His campaign doesn't even need to bother with signs. Every damn thing in WVA is named after him.


26 posted on 09/11/2006 4:36:45 PM PDT by jla
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To: okstate
he will be 89 as he begins his new term

How do they know that? Carbon dating?

27 posted on 09/11/2006 4:36:57 PM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: okstate

I guess people vote for the best whore at getting bacon, and Byrd is a vibrating, bacon smooching whore.


28 posted on 09/11/2006 4:39:09 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center
Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
Byrd Aerospace Technology Center
Robert C. Byrd Bridge between Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio
Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Center
Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to the veteran's hospital in Huntington
Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove
Robert C. Byrd Community Center in the naval station, Sugar Grove
Robert C. Byrd Drive, from Beckley to Sophia (Byrd's hometown)
Robert C. Byrd Expressway, U.S. 22 near Weirton
Robert C. Byrd Federal Building
Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse
Robert C. Byrd Freeway
Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope
Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, near Princeton
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia
Robert C. Byrd High school in Bridgeport
Robert C. Byrd Highway
Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex, Mineral County
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships
Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Hardy County
Robert C. Byrd Institute in Charleston
Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing
Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center
Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center
Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam
Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center
Robert C. Byrd Rural Health Center
Robert C. Byrd Scholastic Recognition Award
Byrd Science Center, Shepherd University
Robert C. Byrd Technology Center at Alderson-Broaddus College
Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center
Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park


29 posted on 09/11/2006 4:40:39 PM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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To: okstate

Here we go, electing another senile idiot Senator.
Vox Populi, or Vox Feces?


30 posted on 09/11/2006 4:47:14 PM PDT by pankot
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To: samadams2000

Just goes to show what happens when cousins marry....


31 posted on 09/11/2006 4:48:13 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Chicos_Bail_Bonds; writmeister

I still don't get it. I don't care how much pork my two idiot senators brought home, Feinstein and Boxer, I'd die before I'd vote for either of those two abominations. They could put all that pork money in my pocket and I still wouldn't vote for them. But I guess some people put their narrow parochial interests ahead of the good of their nation.

In any event, does Byrd even have the ability being in the minority now and not even the ranking member on the Appropriations Committee to still be directing all that pork back to West Virginia? I can't imagine he has much check writing capability in that regard anymore. If it was pork I wanted, I would think I'd be more likely to get it from a member of the majority party, which the GOP is still likely to be after these fall elections.


32 posted on 09/11/2006 4:51:45 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: sgtbono2002

Absolutely the Hill Apes are Whores. It's a shame I have spent much time in the state and like the people very much, but when you vote for someone who gives you things, you are a whore.


33 posted on 09/11/2006 4:53:55 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: okstate

Maybe West Va really DO like the KKK....at least all the Dems seem to.


34 posted on 09/11/2006 4:58:12 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: okstate

I hope WV gets a Republican Governor soon. It will probably be very beneficial.


35 posted on 09/11/2006 5:20:26 PM PDT by My GOP
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To: MikeA

I live in California too...I think the difference is that W. Virginia would probably get nothing if it were not for pork producing Senators.

California will be fine on it's own. People of that state and other states like it believe they will be left in the cold if it weren't for someone bringing home the pork.

I don't like it and most others don't either, unless it means money and jobs for your state.


36 posted on 09/11/2006 6:12:41 PM PDT by Chicos_Bail_Bonds
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To: Loud Mime

Just trying to make me ill?


37 posted on 09/11/2006 7:33:08 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Sorry.....it made me ill to see it too.


38 posted on 09/11/2006 8:33:08 PM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

It's only been recent times (since '00) that WV has voted R in Presidential elections. Prior to that, only in 1984 and 1972 (which were unusually good R years) that they did. After Byrd retires you may see the seat flip -- but in many places you see an incumbency advantage where ideologically it shouldn't exist.


39 posted on 09/11/2006 8:35:14 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

Before anyone corrects me I wasn't referring to any time in history that WV voted R was in 1972, 1984, 2000, and 2004 -- I meant ever since I've been following politics...which started around 1972...


40 posted on 09/11/2006 8:36:58 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

Yup in 1980 they voted for Carter.

Things are moving in the right direction but he's a legend, a pork dispensing legend.


41 posted on 09/11/2006 8:40:16 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Hey Usama, kiss my royal Irish arse)
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To: MikeA

Actually Senator Byrd is more conservative than we give him credit for and the people of West Virginia recognize that and vote for him. I believe that is the reason they reelect him time and again.


42 posted on 09/11/2006 8:44:38 PM PDT by stultorum
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To: okstate
"Senator Byrd is viewed favorably by 74%, "very favorably" by 47%"

Been there. Dumbest state in the Union.

43 posted on 09/11/2006 8:46:09 PM PDT by cookcounty
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To: okstate

Byrd flying?

A little humor there Mr. Journalist?

Would that he'd fly into a big glass window as birds sometimes do around here.


44 posted on 09/11/2006 8:51:09 PM PDT by pepperdog
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To: okstate

At one time Byrd was a very conservative Senator, then he ran for Majority Leader and went over to the Dark Side.


45 posted on 09/11/2006 8:55:17 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: Defiant

If he's 89 when the new term begins, I suppose it's fair to ask how WV replaces a senator if they do not complete their term?

Appointment by Governor?


46 posted on 09/11/2006 8:55:41 PM PDT by incredulous joe (“One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.")
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To: Chicos_Bail_Bonds
Pork - yes the problem with the system.

I don't think term limits are the answer - if folks want to reelect someone over and over - so be it.

What would change the system is to simply get rid of the seniority system in Congress. The majority party gets the chairs (as now), and the majority of the committee positions (as now). But instead of filling these seats based on seniority, you just pull the names out of a hat. That way, you don't know from one term to another who will be on a committee, and who will chair a committee - only that is will be a majority member. It makes it tough to contribute to campaigns if you do so for favoritism, as you have no idea where your man will end up. If your guy can deliver under that type of system - great! Reelect him for life. Such a system would help change things from "what's right for me" to simply "what's right" I don't recall where the founders spelled out the system of favoritism and power brokering that now rules Congress.
47 posted on 09/11/2006 9:00:08 PM PDT by tahoeblue
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To: incredulous joe
Appointment by Governor?

Unfortunately, it sounds like their rat governor is quite popular, so I would assume he will appoint himself to the seat when the time comes and then he can hold that seat for the rats for another half century.

48 posted on 09/11/2006 10:08:58 PM PDT by rhinohunter
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To: FreeAtlanta

I've heard about them on FR from time to time. I hope they vote him out soon.


49 posted on 09/12/2006 7:13:25 AM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: okstate
I can't believe the good people of West Virginia are willing to pay this man over 100k a year to sleep in the chairs of the Senate chamber day in and day out.

Follow the $$$$$.

50 posted on 09/12/2006 7:15:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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