Voters fear their Governor (who has been a pretty good governor they say), if elected to the US Senate, will join forces with President Obama. That appears to be the message that is resonating and pushing voters into the Raese column, so says Hoppy Kercheval at WV MetroNews:
…. if there’s one thing West Virginian’s don’t want, it’s the Obama agenda.
A new Fox News poll has Raese ahead of Manchin. This one, taken Oct. 2, has [John] Raese with 48 percent and [Joe] Manchin with 43. But the elephant in the room is the Obama numbers.
The president’s approval rating in West Virginia is just 29 percent. Fox News political analyst Chris Stirewalt writes, “Only 12 percent believe that Obama’s policies have helped the state economically, while 55 percent in the coal-rich state believe they have hurt.”
Tea Party Power!
The Fox poll finds that 53 percent of West Virginians are supportive of the Tea Party movement, including 31 percent who are strongly supportive. Just 30 percent oppose the Tea Party.
These numbers help Raese. He likes to joke that he was a conservative before it became popular to be conservative and that he’s “to the right” of the Tea Party.