Sounds bad, but on the other hand this kind of things happen all the time. GOP can win local elections in CA and NY (e.g. mayor, governor), but never Senate seat.
I’m afraid you may be right but we should not surrender this. “He will turn liberal Pelosi-Reid fool when getting to DC, just like any other dem Senator” line of attack should work, even in WV.
I take it that WV dooes not have anybody like Scott Brown who would take the fight with small chances and prevail against all odds.
West Virginia would need more than a Scott Brown, they would also need a hopelessly inept Democrat to run against him. It doesn't sound like Machin is as dumb or as arrogant as Martha Coakely is.