A recently released poll from the National Republican Senatorial Committee found challenger Patrick Morrisey making big gains in his West Virginia Senate race against incumbent Joe Manchin; closing a once double-digit gap just days before the 2018 midterm elections.
According to the Washington Examiner, the survey published last week shows Morrisey with a 44% lead over Sen. Manchin who stands at 42%.
Libertarian candidate Rusty Hollen snagged just 3% and 12% are still undecided.
“Since the confirmation fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Republican Senate candidates have surged in red states. West Virginia has remained a tough target for the GOP, however, even though President Trump won the state by 42 points in 2016,” writes the Examiner.
The race is largely considered a “tossup” with Manchin taking a 12% lead in a polling average conducted by Real Clear Politics.
Read the full story at the Washington Examiner.
MANCHIN’S MESS: Democrat Senator’s Approval CRATERS in West Virginia
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s approval ratings are in a total free fall in the state of West Virginia according to new polling; raising serious questions over the “blue wave” predicted by the mainstream media during the 2018 midterms.
The survey finds that Manchin’s approval plummeted to 43% during the first quarter of 2018, a stunning 17 point drop from just a few months ago.
The centrist-Democrat is struggling to maintain his seat in staunchly conservative West Virginia; voting to nominate President Trump’s pro-coal pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
According to Fox News, Manchin voted alongside President Trump a whopping 60% of the time last year, but notably bucked the President on tax reform and the repeal of Obamacare.
“By 2012, the die was cast. The only Democrats who could survive were ones like Manchin,” a senior analyst told Fox News.
“If he loses, it would cement the idea that Democrats could not elect anyone statewide,” she added. “The presidential performance has a lot to do with how a party performs in a state. He’s still a blue dog in a Senate where it’s hard to be in the middle. But, when push comes to shove, he usually votes with Senate Democrats.”
BREAKING NOW: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to ‘VOTE YES’ on Kavanaugh
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin unveiled his decision regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday afternoon; saying he will vote “yes” on President Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
“I will vote to support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” tweeted Manchin just seconds after GOP Sen. Susan Collins pledged her support to the potential Justice.
I will vote to support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/1FfuMTOZz8
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) October 5, 2018
The support of Senators Manchin and Collins gives Judge Kavanaugh 51 likely votes in the United States Senate; enough to pass the 50-vote threshold and confirm the Justice to the United States Supreme Court.
The full Senate will vote as early as Saturday morning.