Senate Democrats didn’t get Don Blankenship as their GOP opponent in West Virginia. But they are nonetheless happy with the matchup between Sen. Joe Manchin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
A Democratic poll taken after the GOP primary this month shows Manchin leading Morrisey, 52-40, in the critical Senate race, according to a summary obtained by POLITICO. The poll was paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and conducted by Geoff Garin of Hart Research Associates.
Manchin is widely viewed as one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators given Trump’s 42-point electoral romp in West Virginia in 2016. A Manchin victory would portend a good year for the other nine Democrats defending seats in states that Trump won.