Politics & Policy

Manchin Up Three Points in New Poll

A new Public Policy Polling poll puts Democratic senate candidate Gov. Joe Manchin back in the lead at 48 percent to Republican John Raese’s 45 percent. While the latest couple of polls had shown Raese leading by about five points, the PPP poll was conducted after the “hicky” ad debacle, which occurred after it was discovered that a talent agency hired by the NRSC had used Philadelphia actors to play West Virginians in a NRSC commercial and advised them to wear “hicky” clothes.

In a statement to Battle ’10, Raese campaign spokesman Kevin McLaughlin said, “The poll confirms what we’ve known for some time, this race is a statistical dead-heat and West Virginians are not at all happy about the direction President Obama has taken us. With three weeks to go, we certainly wouldn’t want to switch places with our opponent.”

The Manchin campaign sees a shift in voter perception. “There will be a number of different polls between now and November 2nd, and as we all know the only one that really counts is on Election Day.  However, I do believe that in the past week, the differences between the two candidates on the ballot could not have been more clear,” said Manchin press secretary Lara Ramsburg in a statement to Battle ’10. “Joe Manchin will always stand up and fight for what is best for West Virginia, and John Raese will always just do what’s best for John Raese, and as the people of West Virginia focus in on this election, they are becoming more and more aware of that fact.”

Meanwhile, Manchin continues to tout his right-leaning tendencies, speaking out against the card-check legislation advocated by union groups. He recently announced that he’s for partial repeal of Obamacare, sued the EPA over environmental regulations, and has begun running an ad in which he shoots the cap-and-trade bill.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

Most Popular

U.S.

The Lies We’re Told about the American Story

Editor’s Note: The following essay was adapted from remarks delivered to the annual dinner of the Lincoln Club of Orange County, in California, on October 4. Every American heart must break when lies are told to boys and girls, who then grow up to think the worst about their past: that the American ... Read More
U.S.

The Lies We’re Told about the American Story

Editor’s Note: The following essay was adapted from remarks delivered to the annual dinner of the Lincoln Club of Orange County, in California, on October 4. Every American heart must break when lies are told to boys and girls, who then grow up to think the worst about their past: that the American ... Read More
Film & TV

Bill Murray: The King of Cool

Bill Murray’s Bill Murray impression is priceless in On the Rocks, the way John Wayne did a fantastic John Wayne parody in True Grit and Al Pacino found a new level of Pacino-ness in Scent of a Woman. I want to quote every line of dialogue Murray delivers in his new movie for Apple TV+ -- every hilarious piece ... Read More
Film & TV

Bill Murray: The King of Cool

Bill Murray’s Bill Murray impression is priceless in On the Rocks, the way John Wayne did a fantastic John Wayne parody in True Grit and Al Pacino found a new level of Pacino-ness in Scent of a Woman. I want to quote every line of dialogue Murray delivers in his new movie for Apple TV+ -- every hilarious piece ... Read More
Books

Orwell, Huxley, and Us

To hear some people tell it, America entered a dystopia long before the coronavirus and measures undertaken to combat it altered everyday life almost to the point of unrecognizability. As for which dystopia, and when, well — that depends on whom one asks. For many on the left, the annus horribilis was 2016, ... Read More
Books

Orwell, Huxley, and Us

To hear some people tell it, America entered a dystopia long before the coronavirus and measures undertaken to combat it altered everyday life almost to the point of unrecognizability. As for which dystopia, and when, well — that depends on whom one asks. For many on the left, the annus horribilis was 2016, ... Read More
Media

The Media’s Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication

In an interview with National Public Radio’s public editor today, Terence Samuel, managing editor for news, explained why readers haven’t seen any stories about the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want ... Read More
Media

The Media’s Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication

In an interview with National Public Radio’s public editor today, Terence Samuel, managing editor for news, explained why readers haven’t seen any stories about the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want ... Read More