New GOP super PAC is preparing to take Sen. Manchin down in West Virginia. Bet they can’t do it

Incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is up for reelection in West Virginia in 2018.  He first won the seat in a special election in 2010, so this will be his second shot at a full term.

Manchin is a Democrat, but West Virginia so red a state that you frequently have to squint to see that Joe is in fact a D. He’s what the Washington Examiner has called “often Republican’s best Democratic friend in the Senate,” due to his willingness to vote with the GOP in order to give himself a reasonable chance at reelection.

Of course, as a Democratic in a red state he has a bullseye on his back with one campaign tracker calling his reelection bid a pure toss-up.

The latest in the state is this:

Phil Cox, a former executive director of the Republican
Governors Association, is launching the super PAC to channel the efforts against Mr. Manchin and to try to clear a path for state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who’s seeking the seat.

“Sen. Manchin is out of touch with the people of West Virginia,” said Leonardo Alcivar, an adviser for the group dubbed 35th PAC. “West Virginia needs a clean break from the Manchin-Obama era. That candidate is Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.”

No slam-dunk for Mr. Morrisey to secure the GOP nod, though, as many think Rep. Evan Jenkins is preparing for a run. Either one could be a problem for Manchin.

A guy like Manchin always looks vulnerable, especially given the hue of the state. Somehow old dogs like this manage to win. I’d still bet on Manchin, especially with Republicans playing defence in 2018.

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