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Topic - Neil Berch
Bobby Brock, who lives in Beckley, W.Va., in the heart of the state's southern coalfields, is like many others here — angry at what he sees as a government in Washington determined to take away not only his livelihood but erode, with regulations and greed, a hardscrabble culture that has held families and mountain communities together for decades.
"Romney is going to win here," Mr. Berch said. "The two conservative Democrats are going to win the Senate and governor's races. Voters are making a pretty big distinction between national Democrats and state Democrats."
"There are a lot of people in West Virginia who oppose the administration's energy policy. I think it is not terribly popular in West Virginia on average," said West Virginia University political scientist Neil Berch. "That is speaking to the state as being not in play in the presidential race, and is leading to interesting situation where conservative Democrats running for re-election for both senator and governor are distancing themselves somewhat from the president."