Manchin Holds Onto Narrow Lead Over Raese

Manchin Holds Onto Narrow Lead Over Raese

By Kyle Adams - September 9, 2010

Republican businessman John Raese has pulled to within five points of Democratic West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin in the race for the late Robert Byrd's Senate seat, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.

Rasmussen surveyed 500 likely West Virginia voters on Wednesday and found Manchin leading Raese 50 percent to 45 percent. He led by six points, 48-42, in a Rasmussen Reports poll taken on August 29.

Once considered an easy hold for the Democrats, Manchin suddenly faces a competitive race that could decide which party controls the Senate. Raese, who has lost two previous runs for the Senate, has worked to tie Manchin to President Obama, who is viewed unfavorably by 62 percent of West Virginia voters, according to the survey.

Still, 67 percent of voters approve of the job Manchin is doing as governor. Therefore, despite the closing of the polls, Raese faces an uphill climb against the popular, socially conservative governor.

The Rasmussen poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.

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