“My whole campaign is build around the conservative message,” said Raese. “That plays well in Washington.”
The bombshell poll that showed Raese ahead of Manchin 46% to 23% was put out by Public Policy Polling, which also correctly predicted Christine O’Donnell’s win in Delaware. Still, a multitude of other polls has Raese trailing Manchin by a much bigger margin, and most analysts still assume Manchin is solidly ahead. But the PPP poll has made West Virginia the counterbalance for Republicans who believe that Christine O’Donnell’s primary win lowered the chances for a GOP Senate pickup in Delaware.