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  • Will Manchin's Career Survive Federal Investigation? (West Virginia)

    11/02/2010 9:15:21 AM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    Huntington News ^ | 11/1/2010 | Huntington News
    One can only imagine the behind-the-scenes stresses accompanying West Virginia's Governor, Joe Manchin, these days. For starters, Manchin finds himself in a surprise, neck-and-neck race with Morgantown businessman John Raese, now the political contest of the Governor's life.   But unlike Raese, Manchin also has to deal with the serious legal and public relations problems associated with a federal investigation into his administration that is getting increasingly close to the Governor himself. The Charleston Gazette's Phil Kabler put it succinctly in last Saturday's piece, "Two factors could play key role in election":   "From the administration's perspective, two troubling events...
  • Forced-Unionism Issue Hot in West Virginia (Gov. Manchin & Obama support union monopoly bargaining)

    11/02/2010 8:00:27 AM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies
    NRTWC.org ^ | 8/24/2010 | NRTW Committee
    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is an unabashed proponent of labor laws foisting union monopoly bargaining on public employees and government agencies. As recently as this June, in an interview with the Charleston Daily Mail, Mr. Manchin endorsed a state law forcing local school boards in West Virginia to grant a single teacher union the power to speak for all teachers in their district, including those who don’t want to join.According to the Daily Mail’s account, the governor actually said that such a monopoly-bargaining law would constitute a “solution” to “West Virginia’s education woes”! Fortunately for independent-minded public employees...
  • Joe Manchin Isn't Sure If He Supports Tax Hikes & Medicare Cuts to Pay for Obamacare

    11/01/2010 2:21:47 PM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/30/2010 | John McCormack
    (Martinsburg, W.V.) West Virginia governor Joe Manchin once supported Obamacare, saying days before it passed in March that he'd vote "for it" if he were in the House of Representatives. Now, in the midst of a tight Senate race with Republican John Raese, the very popular Manchin has run away from the very unpopular health care law. He's called for for "repealing the things that are bad," such as the individual mandate, the federal funding for abortion coverage, and the 1099 reporting requirement for businesses. But he hasn't gone into great detail about what, exactly, he supports in the law.  Asked Friday night if he wants...
  • Larry Sabato Says Watch West Virginia on Election Night – Video

    11/01/2010 10:11:05 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 12 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 1, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of University of Virginia Professor Larry Sabato this morning saying he believes the GOP will win the House by “a wide margin.” Sabato said the latest polling shows the Washington Senate race is going to be “extremely close,” and may be trending Republican, which would be an additional GOP gain to what he had as his final projection last week. Sabato said only West Virginia seems to be moving in the Democrats’ direction. He said that early on Election Night, if West Virginia winds up going to the GOP, he believes the GOP “will win the Senate...
  • No Evidence of Democratic Groundswell Going into Last Weekend (West Virginia)

    11/01/2010 9:56:11 AM PDT · by Qbert · 5 replies
    Huntington News ^ | 10/30/2010 | Staff
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese continues to enjoy large crowds, upwards of 400 at a recent event in Martinsburg and 250 in Charleston. Raese seems to have surprisingly enthusiastic crowds in the southern coal counties, too.   On Saturday, campaign organizers expect a very large gathering in Charleston to cap off Raese's ten-week barnstorming campaign across the state. Rock legend and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent will be on hand to lead a rally for Raese at Haddad Riverfront Park, beginning at 1:00 p.m.   Another crowd pleaser will be the appearance of former New York City Mayor Rudy...
  • Palin: Vote for Raese, leave Manchin as governor

    11/01/2010 8:03:28 AM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    AP via Kansas City.com ^ | 10/30/2010 | AP
    Sarah Palin says Democrat Joe Manchin is a good governor - but she says West Virginia voters should keep him in the governor's mansion and out of the U.S. Senate. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and one-time vice presidential candidate, was in Charleston on Saturday to support Republican John Raese (RAY'-see)'s Senate bid. She drew cheers when she said Manchin was a better fit as governor.
  • Will Pollster PPP Strategically Try To Prop Up Manchin Again?

    11/01/2010 5:40:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Huntington News ^ | November 1, 2010 | Staff
    Having both former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and rock legend Ted Nugent in state over the weekend has created some serious ripples, including one from the Manchin campaign. In response to the overflow crowd of 2,700+ at Charleston's Haddad Riverfront Park for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese this past Saturday, the Manchin staff hastily announced that former President Bill Clinton would return to campaign for Manchin on Monday, this time in Beckley. Still, Raese has one more rabbit to pull from his brown Stetson in the form of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who will campaign with...
  • Across W.Va., cranky voters might sit out election

    10/31/2010 8:23:47 PM PDT · by Qbert · 19 replies
    AP via WV Gazette ^ | 10/30/2010 | AP
    CHARLES TOWN - From the Ohio River to the Eastern Panhandle, West Virginians are fed up. They're disappointed in their politicians and disgusted with how they're behaving. They're frustrated their taxes helped fund bailouts they'd never get. They're tired of career politicians, yet wary of those who want to replace them. But that anger makes them unpredictable: Interviews with dozens of would-be voters from Parkersburg to Charles Town suggest that many are just as likely to cast a protest vote on Election Day as they are to stay home. "We need some Americans, instead of Democrats and Republicans,'' says Ed...
  • PPP(D): Manchin favored in West Virginia (Manchin 51, Raese 46 D+5)

    10/31/2010 7:28:07 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 10/31/2010 | PPP
    The Senate contest in West Virginia is between Joe Manchin's popularity and Barack Obama's unpopularity and in the end it looks as though Manchin's popularity will win out. Manchin leads John Raese 51-46 in PPP's final look at the race. Manchin is the most popular politician we've polled on anywhere in the country this year and it's by a wide margin. On this final poll his approval rating hit the 70% mark with only 22% disapproving of him. Usually you would expect someone with those kinds of numbers to have an easy time of it but Manchin's been hampered by...
  • Turnout Huge For Raese's Rally: Gov. Sarah Palin and Rock Legend Ted Nugent Rock Charleston

    10/31/2010 8:53:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Huntington News ^ | Oct.ober 31, 2010 | Staff
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, provided a last-minute surprise visit to the Ted Nugent rally for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese in Charleston Saturday afternoon. The crowd present for the event was the largest of any event held by either Raese or Governor Joe Manchin this year. An estimated crowd of 2,700 came out on a clear, sunny October day from across West Virginia and sang the "Star Spangled Banner" with Nugent, the rock legend from the late 70s who has emerged as a leading voice for sportsmen and women across America. The event--part political...
  • Palin Rallies 'Mountain Mamas' for Raese in WV: Nugent Says 'It's Time to Kick Maximum A**'

    10/30/2010 4:32:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 30, 2010 | Mary Bruce
    Sarah Palin took to the campaign trail today in a final push before election day, headlining a rally for Republican Senate candidate John Raese. "I'm seeing all these 'mountain mamas and wondering, 'Mountain mamas? Is that anything close to the 'mama grizzlies'?'" the former Alaska governor asked. "I've been traveling a lot of country roads these last few months especially, trying to get people to understand how important it is that we do elect the right people on Nov. 2 to turn this country around," Palin said...
  • Manchin scandal brewing?

    10/30/2010 11:40:30 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/30/10 | Thomas Lifson
    News of an ongoing federal investigation of West Virginia Governor and Senate-candidate Joe Manchin breaks in a Huntington News editorial: A growing number of media outlets across West Virginia are beginning to cover the federal investigation involving Governor Manchin and his administration. This is a significant development in and of itself. After all, many media outlets are reticent to cover a potentially criminal matter in the midst of a candidate's campaign for Governor, lest they look like they are "attacking" the candidate unfairly. Plus, we live under the dictum that a man is innocent before proven guilty. That is especially...
  • West Virginia Senate Manchin (D) Takes Slight Lead Over Raese (R)- WAKE UP WEST VIRGINIA!

    10/28/2010 8:53:55 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Democratic Governor Joe Manchin has been in overdrive in recent days to distance himself from President Obama and congressional Democrats, and now he’s edged back into a three-point advantage in West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely West Virginia Voters finds Manchin with 49% support to Republican John Raese’s 46%. Two percent (2%) like another candidate in the race, while four percent (4%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) This is the first time Manchin’s had any edge in the polling since mid-September, and the race now moves from Leans Republican...
  • Labor helps key Senate Dems (Joe Manchin, Michael Bennet), but abandons most House Blue Dogs

    10/28/2010 8:27:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | Alexander Bolton
    Organized labor is holding its nose and spending money to protect key Democrats in the Senate, hoping to create a bulwark to hold back Republicans in the House. But labor has abandoned 26 House Democrats who did not support the union agenda in the 111th Congress, leaving them to be pounded by corporate-funded third party groups. Two of the nation’s biggest labor unions, AFSCME and SEIU, have spent generously on independent expenditures to help Democratic House candidates. But Blue Dog Democrats and other Democratic centrists who did not support healthcare reform or the Employee Free Choice Act are facing a...
  • Manchin Scandal Grows, Media Coverage Does Not

    10/27/2010 6:50:03 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 11 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/27/10 | CaroleL
    The federal investigation of West Virginia Governor and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin's administration is spreading but still not all the way to the mainstream media. What began in August with subpoenas issued in connection with the state's Department of Highways has grown as more subpoenas have been issued for West Virginia's Aviation Division director along with flight logs and records for official government aircraft.
  • West Virginia Senate: Manchin (D) Takes Slight Lead Over Raese (R)

    10/27/2010 9:54:58 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 10/27/2010 | Rasmussen
    Democratic Governor Joe Manchin has been in overdrive in recent days to distance himself from President Obama and congressional Democrats, and now he’s edged back into a three-point advantage in West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely West Virginia Voters finds Manchin with 49% support to Republican John Raese’s 46%. Two percent (2%) like another candidate in the race, while four percent (4%) remain undecided.
  • Raese Back in Lead in WV

    10/26/2010 8:37:19 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 5 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/26/2010 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Republican John Raese has again taken the lead over incumbent Governor John Manchin in the Senate race to replace Robert Byrd. This came after several polls showed Manchin with a small lead (although one had him up by 10%). Raese is running a very hard campaign while Manchin's ties with Obama appear to be hurting him. West Virginia is a heavily Democratic state but filled with conservatives-- even those registered to the Democratic Party. Manchin is very popular at home and many believe that sending him to the Senate will simply reduce the state's effectiveness and give another vote for...
  • More subpoenas issued in federal investigation (against Manchin administration - WV)

    10/26/2010 8:14:29 AM PDT · by coaltrain · 1 replies
    Charleston Gazette ^ | 10/25/10 | Phil Kabler
    An ongoing federal grand jury investigation of the Manchin administration took a new turn Monday, with sources confirming that federal subpoenas were issued for the state Aviation Division director and for records maintained by the Aviation Division. The subpoenas were issued for director Keith Wood and for division flight records. Department of Justice investigators first issued subpoenas in August 2009, seeking records from the Division of Highway's Right-of-Way Division. That sparked speculation that the investigation might have something to do with then-Manchin chief of staff Larry Puccio, co-owner of Puccio and York LLC, a Fairmont-based real estate appraisal firm. The...
  • Fox News Poll: GOPer Raese Leads By Two Points In WV-SEN

    10/26/2010 7:59:31 AM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies
    TPM ^ | 10/26/10
    The new Fox News poll of the West Virginia Senate race has Republican businessman John Raese holding on to a narrow lead against Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin. The numbers: Raese 48%, Manchin 46%. The survey of likely voters has a ±3% margin of error. In the previous Fox poll from last week, Raese led by a similar 48%-45%. This race has been neck and neck, as two factors compete against each other: Manchin's profile as a relatively conservative Democrat and his very high approval rating as governor, at 69% in this particular poll, compared to President Obama's similarly high disapproval...
  • Nugent to rock out for Raese (Nugent concert for Raese in WV this weekend)

    10/26/2010 7:42:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/25/2010 | Shira Toeplitz
    The Spirit of the Wild is coming to the West Virginia Senate race. Rock guitarist Ted Nugent will campaign for Republican John Raese this weekend, days before the GOP nominee and Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin face off in the highly competitive race to succeed the late Sen. Robert Byrd. Nugent, a controversial gun rights advocate, is scheduled to headline a rally for Raese and perform a concert Saturday in Charleston, W. Va. After years of being outnumbered in the solidly Democratic state, West Virginia Republicans are pulling out all the stops for Raese’s campaign – which is widely regarded as...
  • Why Did John Raese refuse to face-off with Manchin Today on FOX? (Vanity)

    10/24/2010 3:50:04 PM PDT · by no dems · 52 replies · 2+ views
    October 24, 2010 | no dems
    It's not unusual for a Liberal Democrat to refuse to come on FOX News Channel with their Republican opponent. But, why in the heck did Republican, West Virginia, Senatorial Candidate John Raese REFUSE to come on "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace" today and face-off with his Democratic opponent, Gov. Manchin? He was invited to be on the program but refused. Are all the friggin' Republicans trying to lose this election? He gave Manchin a free pass. Watch the lying, position-changing, Obama-loving Manchin go up more in the polls after today.
  • Raese embraces the Palin stamp of approval [Endorses her for president!]

    10/22/2010 8:29:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | October 22, 2010 | Peter Hamby
    Charleston, West Virginia - Sarah Palin endorsed West Virginia's Republican Senate hopeful John Raese on Twitter this week – but she mistakenly identified him as a candidate in Pennsylvania. (The erroneous tweet was quickly replaced.) Raese, battling Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin in a race most polls suggest is a toss-up, doesn't seem to mind. "I am just honored that Sarah Palin would endorse me," he told CNN Friday. "I know my wife and 1,000 conservative women across West Virginia support her very much. I am just pleased to get that endorsement. GOP candidates running in competitive states and districts this...
  • West Virginia Senate: Raese (R) Takes Bigger Lead Over Manchin (D) (50-43)

    10/20/2010 9:57:04 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 81 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 10/20/2010 | Rasmussen
    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely West Virginia Voters finds Raese with 50% support to Manchin’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided. The West Virginia race now shifts back from a Toss-Up to Leans Republican...
  • U.S. Senate endorsement (WV): John Raese

    10/19/2010 8:32:55 AM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/19/2010 | Daily Mail
    WEST Virginians must soon choose who will represent them in the U.S. Senate for the next two years. The issue in the race is how Democrats have used their 59-41 majority,  and whether West Virginians want to see more of the same. The Daily Mail endorses Republican John Raese. Make no mistake. That choice is painful. Gov. Joe Manchin is one of the most engaging and effective governors in the state's history. He has tackled many of the state-erected barriers to economic growth - a broken workers' compensation system, uncompetitive tax rates, an unfair legal climate. The governor also has...
  • West Virginia Debate Live: Joe Manchin, John Raese Debate Video, Streaming Feed

    10/18/2010 4:30:17 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 3 replies
    http://www.rightpundits.com ^ | October 18th, 2010 at 1:57 pm | www.rightpundits.com
    ... The ascendancy of John Reese is a huge surprise to the political establishment around the nation. Raese has run three unsuccessful statewide campaigns so far, two for senate and one for governor. Joe Manchin, on the other hand, is a popular governor with a plus 60% approval rating in West Virginia. How he got from that point to trailing Raese is the riddle of the 2010 election nationwide. Republican challengers around the country have been successful at tying Democrats to immensely unpopular Barack Obama social welfare state programs. In West Virginia things are no different. Joe Manchin would have...
  • GOP questions new poll showing big Dem lead in WV Senate

    10/15/2010 6:48:04 PM PDT · by freespirited · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10/15/10 | Byron York
    There's been some buzz today about a new poll that shows Democrat Joe Manchin moving into a double-digit lead over Republican John Raese in the West Virginia Senate race. The survey, done for Marshall University, has Manchin at 48 percent, with Raese at 38 percent and 12 percent not sure. The results are out of line with other recent polling. A Rasmussen survey taken at the same time shows Raese leading Manchin by 49 percent to 46 percent; a CNN poll taken a few days earlier has the race tied at 44 percent; and a PPP poll has Manchin leading...
  • New Poll Shows Manchin Up 10 Points (Outlier WV poll)

    10/15/2010 9:26:53 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    NRO ^ | 10/15/2010 | Katrina Trinko
    A new Marshall University/Orion Strategies poll shows Gov. Joe Manchin ten points ahead of Republican senate candidate John Raese, 48 percent to 38 percent. Twelve percent of voters remain undecided. Curtis Wilkerson, owner of Orion Strategies, is the campaign manager for Democrat congressional candidate Mike Oliverio. West Virginia Wesleyan College political science professor Robert Rupp was a consultant on the poll and is a Republican, according to Politico.
  • West Virginia Senate: Raese (R) Holds Smaller Lead Over Manchin (D)

    10/13/2010 12:30:41 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 10/13/2010 | Rasmussen
    Democratic Governor Joe Manchin, after recent moves to highlight his independence from the Obama agenda, is now once again in a near tie with Republican challenger John Raese in West Virginia’s special election for the U.S. Senate. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Raese edging Manchin 49% to 46%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.
  • WV Gov. Manchin, Once Positive on Health Care Bill, Now Says He Would Have Been a 'No' (Yeah, sure)

    10/13/2010 9:41:10 AM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/12/2010 | Jonathan Karl
    These days Governor Joe Manchin seems determined to be the most anti-Obama Democrat in the land -- who else has literally fired a bullet through a bill supported by the President? -- but he can be at a loss of words when asked to explain his earlier support for President Obama on health care reform. In an interview on ABC News Top Line, Manchin was asked about positive statements he made last year about the President's push for health care reform.  This is an exact transcription of what he said:  "That was during, there is, you need health care reform,"...
  • Clinton, Palin compete for influence in surprise race for Senate in West Virginia

    10/12/2010 12:15:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Canadian Press / The Associated Press ^ | October 12, 2010 | Philip Elliott and Vicki Smith
    Former President Bill Clinton and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are lining up on opposite sides in West Virginia's Senate race, a key contest that could determine control of the Senate in the November election. Clinton spent Monday in West Virginia, hoping to boost Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin's campaign as it struggles against wealthy Republican businessman John Raese. Meanwhile, former vice-presidential candidate Palin announced she was backing Raese on her Facebook page, hoping to again demonstrate her political clout...
  • Pro-Life Democrat Joe Manchin Calls for ObamaCare Fix or Repeal

    10/11/2010 6:24:47 PM PDT · by topher · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Monday October 11, 2010 Pro-Life Democrat Joe Manchin Calls for ObamaCare Fix or Repeal By Peter J. SmithCHARLESTON, West Virginia, October 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a significant public break with the national Democratic Party, pro-life Democrat Gov. Joe Manchin III said that while he supports reforming the health care system, he would like to see the new national health care law either fixed, or failing that, repealed.Manchin is trailing behind pro-life Republican John Raese in West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race. He is trying to distance himself from the policies of President Barack Obama and national Democrats, especially on...
  • Manchin: If health reform can't be fixed, 'repeal the whole thing' (A new week, a new flip-flop)

    10/11/2010 8:27:15 AM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), who is in a tough fight for a Senate seat, said Monday he'd support repealing the healthcare reform law if it can't be fixed. Manchin, who's been falling behind in his race against Republican John Raese, said that he supports repealing part of the bill, but would support repealing all of it if a partial repeal doesn't fix its problems. "The president's plan -- 'Obamacare,' as it's been called -- is far too reaching. It's overreaching. It needs to have a lot of it repealed," Manchin said Monday on Fox News. "If you can't...
  • Manchin Instant (New Raese Ad)

    10/08/2010 10:41:28 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 20 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | October 08, 2010 | JohnRaese4Senate
    YouTube - Manchin Instant
  • W.Va. gov in tough Senate race sues administration

    10/06/2010 12:36:29 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/6/10 | TIM HUBER, Associated Press Writer
    Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin's aides filed suit Wednesday against Obama administration coal mining policies as the West Virginia Democrat wages a fierce Senate race against a Republican who paints him as a rubber stamp for the president. Manchin on Wednesday denied any connection between the federal lawsuit and his campaign to finish the remaining two years of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd's term. The Democratic governor said the suit was already being prepared amid rising concern that U.S. coal policies harm West Virginia's mining economy months before Byrd died in June. . . . GOP...
  • Election 2010: West Virginia Senate Special Election: Raese (R) Pulls Further Ahead of Manchin (D)

    10/06/2010 10:07:52 AM PDT · by notes2005 · 34 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 06, 2010
    Republican John Raese now holds a six-point lead on Democratic Governor Joe Manchin in West Virginia’s shockingly competitive U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in West Virginia finds Raese with 50% support, while the state’s highly popular governor earns just 44% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. These findings now move this race from a Toss-Up to Leans GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election Senate Balance of Power rankings. Raese, a businessman and unsuccessful Senate candidate in 2006, first edged ahead of Manchin last...
  • Raese - Rubber Stamp Joe

    10/05/2010 8:25:46 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 19 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | Oct 5, 2010 | John Raese for Senate
    YouTube - Raese - Rubber Stamp Joe
  • Fox News poll: Angle by three in Nevada, Raese by five in West Virginia

    10/05/2010 9:56:12 AM PDT · by FTJM · 17 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | October 5, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Both leads are within the margin of error but don’t worry about that. The important thing is the tea leaves showing how the races might break over the last month. In Angle’s case, the worry has been that undecideds will tilt towards Reid in the crunch on the theory that the devil you know is preferable to the one you don’t. Not so, if FNC’s numbers are right: Angle’s moved up four points in this poll to lead 49/46 with five percent undecided (or voting other). In the last poll, with 10 percent undecided/other, she was stuck at 45 percent...
  • Fox News Polls: GOP Poised to Gain or Hold Senate Seats in Key States (Raese leads by 5!)

    10/05/2010 9:41:43 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 48 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | Oct 5,2010 | Fox News
    Democrats have a mountain to climb in West Virginia. The latest Fox News battleground state surveys of five key states shows Republicans in good position to gain two seats and hold two seats left open by GOP retirements. Democrats, meanwhile, are well-positioned to hold only one. The polls in West Virginia, Connecticut, Nevada, Missouri and Ohio show varying degrees of success for Democrats in dealing with low approval ratings for President Obama and his policies. In West Virginia, even a popular governor cannot escape the gravity of Obama's bad numbers, while in Connecticut lukewarm ratings for Obama seem to do...
  • Three Candidates Can Sink The Lame Duck

    10/04/2010 11:02:53 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 13 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/04/10 | CaroleL
    If the predicted tidal wave of Republican victories takes place on November 2, there will still be two months between the elections and the swearing in of new lawmakers during which the current Congress can and most likely will try to push through more unpopular and unaffordable legislation. Representative Tom Price (R-Georgia) offered a resolution in July that would have cancelled that so-called lame duck session, calling for Congress not to assemble on or between November 2, 2010 and January 3, 2011 except in the case of an emergency requiring immediate action. It cites reasons including the 111th Congress' loss...
  • Group with ties to Rove to launch voter blitz in W.Va.

    10/03/2010 5:38:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Charleston Gazette ^ | October 1, 2010 | Alison Knezevich
    An aggressive conservative group linked to former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove is launching a get-out-the-vote blitz in West Virginia to help Republican John Raese in his bid for U.S. Senate. The group, American Crossroads, says the effort will be extensive and will use enhanced voter files and data on early and absentee voting patterns to target Republican and independent voters with mailers and phone calls. The Mountain State is the ninth where American Crossroads is investing. The others are Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire and Washington.
  • *Flashback* Manchin Appointee Sen. Goodwin votes to confirm anti-gun Kagan

    09/28/2010 12:22:38 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 6 replies
    http://www.wvgazette.com ^ | Aug 5 2010 | www.wvgazette.com
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The U.S. Senate's newest member says he'll vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sen. Carte Goodwin, a West Virginia Democrat, said in advance of today's expected roll call that he's confident Kagan will be an excellent justice. Goodwin joined the Senate on July 20, the same day its Judiciary Committee endorsed the Obama nominee. He succeeded the late Robert C. Byrd.
  • Election 2010: West Virginia Senate Special Election - Raese (R) Eases Ahead of Manchin (D)

    09/28/2010 8:57:35 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 28 replies
    Republican John Raese has edged ahead of West Virginia’s popular Democratic Governor Joe Manchin for the first time in the state’s special U.S. Senate race. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely West Virginia Voters finds Raese earning 48% support to Manchin’s 46% when leaners are included. Two percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. These findings move the contest from Solid Democratic to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. This race has been closer than expected for weeks as Manchin, despite his popularity with voters in...
  • Manchin Calls for Partial Repeal of Health Reform (WV Obamacare supporter flip-flops again)

    09/27/2010 2:10:38 PM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies
    RCP ^ | 9/27/2010 | Erin McPike & Scott Conroy
    ROANOKE, W.V. -- In Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin's quest to strike a bipartisan chord as he campaigns to fill the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd's seat, he's joining the GOP's call to repeal pieces of health care reform. Manchin endorsed President Obama's efforts on landmark health care reform and voiced support for the bill before and after its passage in March. Now, just five weeks away from a tougher Senate race than he expected against Republican John Raese, the governor said in an interview with RealClearPolitics that he supports many basic components of the law but volunteered that some of...
  • Manchin Flips, Flops And Flips On Obamacare

    09/27/2010 11:39:31 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 9 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 09/27/10 | CaroleL
    West Virginia Governor and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) before it passed. He's on video at a union event both praising and defending President Barack Obama and clearly stating "I am totally behind Health Care Reform." He was still in favor of Obamacare after it was pushed through Congress while the majority of Americans and West Virginians were against it. But now that he's facing the possibility of losing his Senate bid because voters believe he would be nothing more than a rubber stamp for the unpopular Obama...
  • Manchin Tries To Shift Narrative, Announces NRA Backing (NRA endorses WV Dem Senate candidate)

    09/26/2010 11:27:29 AM PDT · by Qbert · 71 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/24/2010 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    Hours after the NRSC announced it is going up on the air in the West Virginia Senate race, Gov.Joe Manchin (D) announced that he has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. Make no mistake about the timing: It is intended to bolster his conservative credentials at a time when he's getting hammered by the GOP. Earlier on Friday, the NRSC spent $1.2M on a statewide ad targeting Manchin. The endorsement touts Manchin's "A" rating from the NRA and his background as a lifelong hunter. Notably, Manchin also sought to distance himself from Pres. Obama in the statement announcing...
  • NRSC Spending $1.2M In WV (John Raese for Senate)

    09/24/2010 8:51:17 AM PDT · by Qbert · 7 replies · 2+ views
    National Journal ^ | 9/24/2010 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    The NRSC is going up with an ad in West Virginia on Friday, a sure sign that Republicans believe their chances in the state are on the rise. The ad, which is backed by a $1.2M buy, hits on the campaign strategy businessman John Raese (R) has already been using: Tie Gov. Joe Manchin (D) to Pres. Obama. "Joe Manchin supports Barack Obama's big government agenda," the narrator says. "Manchin supported Obama's stimulus plan, which wasted $800B...Big spending, more government, less freedom. We don't want a rubber stamp for Obama, we can't afford Joe Manchin in Washington." The ad, first...
  • Manchin Scandal Growing In West Virginia

    09/23/2010 10:28:52 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 14 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 09/23/10 | CaroleL
    When word spread last month that federal subpoenas had been issued to West Virginia Governor and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin's office, there was speculation as to whether a scandal was brewing that could affect the governor's bid to replace the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia). At the time, the brief flash of media coverage was dampened by leaks that it was allegedly only the state's Department of Highways that was being targeted for investigation but new information and attempts to block the local media from learning even more are renewing concerns that Governor Manchin may be involved.
  • Still Want A GOP Senate Majority? Meet WV's John Raese

    09/22/2010 9:18:24 AM PDT · by sdkruiser · 30 replies
    StephenKruiser.com ^ | 09/22/10 | Stephen Kruiser
    Look away from the Delaware... While many on the Right have been kicking the histrionics into overdrive over Christine O'Donnell's win in the Delaware GOP primary, John Raese was quietly closing the gap that separated him from West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin. In a conference call this morning, Raese outlined a focused closing strategy to win a race that, until yesterday, hadn't been talked about much outside of his home state. The successful businessman is positioning himself as a clear "check and balance" to President Obama, specifically on the hot-button issue of cap and trade. West Virginia is a big...
  • Raese +3 over Manchin! Per PPP

    09/21/2010 10:17:29 AM PDT · by RedPriest73 · 14 replies
    Publinc Policy Polling ^ | 09-21-2010 | PPP
    Raleigh, N.C. – If the election were held today, Robert Byrd’s U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia would be held by a Republican and someone other than Byrd for the first time in 52 years. Though Governor Joe Manchin is still very popular, with a stellar 59-32 approval rating, second among those PPP has measured this year to Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, he is trailing Republican opponent John Raese, 43-46, among likely voters.
  • New PPP poll...West Virginia Senate: Raese 46, Manchin 43.

    09/21/2010 8:26:35 AM PDT · by gumbyandpokey · 69 replies · 1+ views
    publicpolicypolling ^ | 9/21/10 | publicpolicypolling
    West Virginia Senate Raese 46, Manchin 43. Details will be up soon.