Raese Races Ahead in West Virginia

Raese Races Ahead in West Virginia

By Sean Trende - September 28, 2010

A week ago, Public Policy Polling (D) broke shocking news -- according to their sample, businessman and two-time candidate John Raese was leading Governor Joe Manchin in the race to replace Senator Robert Byrd.

Now Rasmussen Reports confirms the PPP finding.  Its latest sample of the race, taken September 27 among 500 likely voters, shows Raese leading the Governor 48 percent to 46 percent.

Sixty-nine percent of West Virginia voters approve of the job Manchin is doing, but only 30 percent approve of the job Obama is doing.  His situation is becoming untenable because voters have a chance to get both things they want -- Manchin in the governor's mansion, and Raese as a vote in the Senate against the Obama administration.

Sean Trende is senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics. He is a co-author of the 2014 Almanac of American Politics and author of The Lost Majority. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @SeanTrende.

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