A couple days after a Fox News poll showed John Raese (R-WV) with a five point lead over Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rasmussen shows him up by six and hitting the 50% mark for the first time in the race for United States Senate.
- Raese: 50%
- Manchin: 44%
- Other: 2%
- Not sure: 5%
Independents are overwhelmingly breaking for Raese, 54% to 26%. Perhaps the most telling point in the poll is that 53% of West Virginians believe that Manchin, who has an approval rating of 69%, should remain as Governor, which was a point emphasized in a recent ad by the NRSC.
As has been noted here a few times, this election, like so many across the country, is a referendum on Barack Obama. According to the survey 69% disapprove of his job performance.