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Is Joe Manchin’s Reelection Campaign in Trouble? Four Signs Say Yes.

West Virginia Metro News’ Hoppy Kercheval ticked through the challenges facing the senior senator from the Mountain State.

By NTK Staff | 04.16.2018 @11:00am
Is Joe Manchin’s Reelection Campaign in Trouble? Four Signs Say Yes.

A recent poll by Morning Consult, covered by NTK Network last week, is causing some West Virginia political observers to question Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) reelection chances.

An analysis by NTK Network found that Manchin’s approval rating has dropped a whopping 25 points since the first quarter of 2017. Manchin’s approval rating was +24 during President Trump’s first few months in office but now finds himself with a net negative approval rating (-1) today.

In an effort to perhaps explain Manchin’s precipitous decline among voters in the state, radio host and columnist Hoppy Kercheval broke down the state of the West Virginia Senate race and Manchin’s prospects at winning reelection:

Career Politician

First, he is a long-time politician running at a time when Washington experience is a negative for many voters. Donald Trump rode the “drain-the-swamp” mantra to a whopping 69 percent of the vote here in 2016 and many of those voters want to keep the drain pipes open through 2018.

Clinton and Obama Ties

Second, his rival Don Blankenship, who is running for the Republican nomination to Manchin’s seat, started ads against Manchin months ago. “Joe Manchin is a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supporter,” says the announcer in one TV commercial.

Opposing Tax Cuts

Third, Blankenship is not alone. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has also been up on radio for several months attacking Manchin, and a Republican super PAC has run TV ads ripping Manchin for voting against the tax plan.

A Presidential Piñata

Fourth, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have specifically targeted Manchin several times. Pence ripped into Manchin during an appearance at the Greenbrier and continued the attack on Twitter for, among other things, not supporting the tax reform bill.

Are these opposing forces enough to derail Manchin’s reelection campaign? Republicans are currently battling it out in a primary, and voters will pick a challenger on May 8. The incumbent’s chances of survival will likely hinge greatly on that Republican’s ability to keep the anti-Manchin momentum going.

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