Race May Tighten in Final Days of West Virginia Senate Campaign

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey – the Republican nominee – was in our downtown Charleston studio for an interview Thursday. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin was here earlier this week. Both candidates will appear in this Sunday’s edition of “Inside West Virginia Politics.” They were also assessing the impact of another Mountain State visit by President Trump, Friday in Huntington.

“And I tell the president, I say we can do this in a bipartisan way. We can do good things for America and good things for West Virginia if we work together. And I want to be with you and I want to work with you when it’s good for my state and my country. But when it’s not Mr. President, I’m not going to be there,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.

“We feel very good. We have the momentum on our side. And President Trump is coming back to West Virginia again tomorrow. We’re excited about that because every time President Trump comes, we’re getting a real boost in the polls,” said Atty. Gen. Patrick Morrisey. (R) Candidate for U.S. Senate.

The two candidates continue to spar over the proposed elimination of Obama Care and what it might mean to people with pre-existing medical problems.

“When you want to take health care away, and pre-existing conditions and let people talk you into taking that away, that’s a life or death sentence to 800,000 West Virginians,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.

“Everyone knows, I support protecting people with pre-existing conditions. But I want to go after the wretched excess of Obama Care. These spiralling premiums,” said Atty. Gen. Patrick Morrisey, (R) Candidate for U.S. Senate.

A new “Metro News Poll” shows the race has tightened with Manchin leading Morrisey by just five percentage points. Since that is the poll’s margin of error, the race is theoretically tied going into Tuesday’s vote.

“As the campaign begins to wind down, so too does early voting. You can still cast early ballots until 5pm Saturday at any County Clerk’s office in West Virginia. If you miss that deadline, you’ll have to vote on Tuesday November 6th,” said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.

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