The announcement Friday by W. Va.'s Joe Manchin that he would be the lone Democrat in the Senate to support Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation was flat-out recognition of the punch packed by the Supreme Court nominee among voters, Republicans in the Mountain State told Newsmax.
“West Virginia political opinion is strongly in favor of confirmation and Joe Manchin will wait to see which way the wind is blowing before he votes on confirmation,” Lynn Staton, treasurer of the West Virginia Federation of Republican Women, told Newsmax shortly before Manchin’s announcement.
Staton’s words were backed up by a just-completed poll by the West Virginia Metro News showing that 58 percent of likely voters want Kavanaugh confirmed.
The survey echoed another recent Tarrance poll commissioned by the Republicans’ Senate Leadership Fund showing Manchin leading State Attorney General and GOP opponent Patrick Morrisey by a margin of 47 to 43 percent, with 5 percent for Libertarian Rusty Hollen.
The Tarrance poll also showed that nineteen percent of Manchin voters who are also Trump supporters of would be less likely to support the Democratic incumbent if he opposed Kavanaugh.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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