Republican John Raese has 7opened up 7-point lead over West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin in perhaps the most improbably close U.S. Senate contest in the country. It’s Raese’s biggest lead yet.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely West Virginia voters finds Raese with 50 percent support to Manchin’s 43 percent. Two percent like some other candidate in the race, and 5 percent are undecided.
The West Virginia race now shifts back from a tossup to leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.
Yet 69 percent of the state’s voters approve of the job Manchin is doing as governor, and he remains more popular overall than his GOP opponent. A big problem for Manchin, however, is that only 30 percent of West Virginia voters approve of how President Obama is doing his job, while 69 percent disapprove, well below the president’s job approval ratings nationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Support for repeal of the new healthcare law in West Virginia is the highest in the nation.
The survey of 750 likely voters was conducted on Oc. 19; the margin of sampling error is 4 percentage points.
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