Skip to comments.West Virginia Senate: Manchin (D) 53%, Capito (R) 39%
Posted on 07/09/2010 2:28:57 PM PDT by Chet 99
A special Senate election this November to replace the late Robert Byrd is still awaiting the green light from West Virginias attorney general, but popular Democratic Governor Joe Manchin is the early leader in hypothetical matchups with two of his possible Republican opponents.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in West Virginia, taken Thursday night, shows Manchin with 53% support, while Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito earns 39% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer another candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
If former West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland is his GOP rival, Manchin captures 65% voter support. Ireland picks up 26%. Three percent (3%) again like some other candidate, while six percent (6%) are undecided.
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Oh Lord. They might be running in 2010. Is this your way of ignoring polls again?
I’d bet you two bits that NRTL supports Manchin. He’s the darling of their WV chapter.
Sarah should stay far away from this race. This Manchin is LOVED in West Virginia.
Scott Brown faced a stupid and arrogant opponent. Manchin doesn't fall into that category.
It is such poor planning by the GOP...not to have a strong candidate in waiting with Byrd on deaths door...now they have to find a candidate that is strong enough to beat any dem.
It would be so difficult to vote in this election. Abortion is my number one issue and most important above all so since the Democrat is the pro-lifer in this race. Wow! I am glad I am not from West Virginia :)
* Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
* Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
* Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
* Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
* Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mothers life. (Oct 2003)
* Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
* Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
* Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
* Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
* Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
* Rated 55% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
* Supported funding contraception and UN family planning. (Jul 1999)
Not a great record, but she's not Nazi Pelousy, either.
I wouldn't vote for Manchin, just because he's a 'Rat, regardless of who endorsed him.
I don't vote for 'Rats.
I was talking to one of my new neighbors in Kentucky and he was telling me about a guy up the road. Apparently the guy is fairly conservative in his political beliefs, but he is a yellow dog democrat. My neighbor says the guy votes democrat on every party vote, with no regard to the actual candidate at all. Literally, if Hitler was resurrected as the democratic candidate, this guy would vote for him.
I think Byrd’s constituency may have a few guys in it like that.
Sorry, no prolife, no support from me.
May as well be a D.
In all the polls that are all over this site. This particular poll is about as accurate as it can get. The Republican is a baby killer and the Democrat is pro-life....how screwed up is that? Nobody in West Virginia with any sense is going to vote for a person who approves of using a vacuum cleaner to kill a baby. I don’t care that the person is a so called Republican.
I don't vote for 'Rats (the party is pro-Death), and any member of "Republicans for Choice" is pretty well disqualified even with her squishy rather than outright pro-death voting record.
Recruit Jay Wolfe. I’d support him.
Two years ago, Jay Wolfe got thirty-something percent of the vote against Jay Rockefeller.
Nice guy, but he has a record of losing.
The WV legislature could clarify the law so that a special election is held this year. Whether the Governor wants to run would probably decided whether the legislature does this or not. The thinking is that the Governor would appoint a placeholder to serve out the unexpired term and not himself, without a special, but might want to run himself if there is one. The Governor has positioned himself as a conservative Democrat. But, it would be more difficult to do this running for federal office than for state office. Since the polling results are for a hypothetical contest, they aren’t as meaningful as polling involving actual contestants. Nevertheless, being above 50 percent is a very good place to be.
He got 38% against Rockefeller in ‘02. Heck, that’s just as much as Capito is polling. Why not have a real conservative?
Like I said, I’d support the guy.
By the way, Jay got that 38% with practically no money. The Republican Party didn’t lift a finger to help. The Bushes were in love with Capito, but hated Jay Wolfe. Too conservative. GW came to the state during the ‘02 race and completely stiffed Wolfe. They put Wolfe on the other side of the arena, and placed Capito right next to the president on the podium. It was a disgusting thing to see, especially if you know Jay and understand what a solid, decent, intelligent, Christian patriot he is.
This poll explains what the Democrats have been up to over the past week. They have internal polling that shows that Manchin will win against any possible Republican candidate, so the Democrat Secretary of State and Attorney General discover that the law would permit an early special election this year provided the Governor asks for it in a special session of the Legislature. You can be sure that he will do just that.
If the polls were not favorable, there would be no talk of a 2010 special election, and they would all be saying that they have to respect the law and wait until 2012. Immediately after Byrd died, a number of Freepers were clamoring for a special election this November. Looks like they will get their wish and the outcome will almost certainly be a Democrat Senator in Byrd’s seat.
Dems want cap and trade. Only the GOP can save the WV coal industry. Find a Republican mailman. He’ll win.
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