“What Democrats know is they need to expand the playing field, and with only 10 Republican seats up, there aren’t many opportunities to do that,” said Jennifer Duffy, a political analyst with the Cook Political Report.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama’s brand in West Virginia is so toxic that federal inmate Keith Judd won 40 percent of the vote in the May Democratic primary.
Nevertheless, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears poised to win election to a full term; he led Republican John Raese by a whopping 39 points in a poll released last month. Mr. Manchin famously fired a bullet — literally — through the president’s cap-and-trade energy bill in a 2010 campaign ad and has not committed to supporting his re-election campaign this year.
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