Will Anti-Obama Mood Decide WV Senate Race?

By Jay Newton-Small, Time - October 13, 2010

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin is making his way up Randolph Avenue in the annual Elkins Forest Festival Parade, one of the oldest and largest parades in the Mountain State. Like the natural politician that he is, Manchin zigzags across the street, tossing babies in the air and hugging their mothers. Folks call out, "Hey Joe!" and "Good luck!" "That's the governor!" excited onlookers exclaim. Manchin is unquestionably popular, as he is in much of the state, where he enjoys approval ratings in the high 60s. But about halfway through the festive gathering, he pauses, turning serious, and asks me anxiously, "How do you think it's going?"

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