In West Virginia, Democrats Look A lot Like Tea Party Republicans

Democrat Joe Manchin

Democrat Joe Manchin is running to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Democrat Robert Byrd. Manchin released an ad showing him shooting a hole through the Democrats comprehensive energy bill – literally.

In the ad, Manchin also takes aim at health care reform with a message of repeal, and he boasts about his strong pro-gun position – obviously.

The hard right swerve by Manchin might have something to do with his flagging poll numbers against his Republican opponent John Raese. In my latest poll analysis, West Virginia switched from a toss-up race to leaning Republican with Raese breaking away with a 6.2 percent lead.

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