|Poll||Date||Sample||Manchin (D)||Weeks (R)||Spread|
|PPP (D)||10/29 - 10/30||2128 LV||69||27||Manchin +42|
|Rasmussen||10/20 - 10/20||500 LV||71||21||Manchin +50|
2004: Manchin 64, Warner 34
2000: Wise 50, Underwood 47
2004: Bush 56, Kerry 43
2000: Bush 52, Gore 46
1996: Clinton 52, Dole 37
Gov. Joe Manchin is heavily favored to retain his seat for a second term. Manchin enjoys high favorable ratings and is seen as a rising star in the Democratic party. He is currently chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, which helps elect Democratic governors around the country.
Manchin's GOP challenger is former state Sen. Russ Weeks, who was defeated for re-election in 2006. Before beginning his political career, Weeks served in the Navy for 20 years and later worked as a carpenter.