Senate race in W.Va. unexpectedly in play

Democrats fret as enthusiasm gap widens, poll gap narrows

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“A month of Democrat hubris seems to have spurred West Virginians to be reminded that they are in control, rather than the politicians,” she added.

But Mr. Manchin retains high favorability ratings among state residents and is a formidable campaigner. Democratic political strategist Joe Trippi said the governor can win by focusing on state rather than national issues, even in a year when other top Democrats are struggling badly.

Manchin is popular,” Mr. Trippi told Fox News. “If he can make [the election] local, he can win the seat.”

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Andrea Billups

Andrea Billups

Andrea Billups is a Midwest-based national correspondent for The Washington Times. She is a native of West Virginia and received her undergraduate degree from Marshall University and her master’s degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her news career spans more than 20 years. She has reported for several newspapers, has edited two magazines and before joining the Times, ...

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