The latest poll from Rasmussen out of West Virginia shows John Raese (R) leading Gov. Joe Machin (D), who held a 16 point lead two months ago. This is the second poll in the last two weeks to show Raese leading, the other came from Public Policy Polling.
- Raese: 48%
- Manchin: 46%
- Other: 2%
- Not sure: 4%
Machin’s favorables are still high, right at 70% and 69% approve of his performance as Governor. It looks like Raese and the NRSC have been successful thus far in making this race a referendum on President Barack Obama, who is not doing that well with West Virginians as 68% disapprove of his performance. Sixty-six percent believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction and 50% of voters believe that Obama’s policies caused the current economic problems.
In recent days, Machin has backtracked on his support of ObamaCare, now supporting repeal of some provisions:
Manchin endorsed President Obama’s efforts on landmark health care reform and voiced support for the bill before and after its passage in March. Now, just five weeks away from a tougher Senate race than he expected against Republican John Raese, the governor said in an interview with RealClearPolitics that he supports many basic components of the law but volunteered that some of it needs to be repealed.
“I believe in health care reform. I don’t believe in the way this bill was passed,” Manchin said Sunday afternoon. “Why they overreached, I don’t know.”