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Manchin, Morrisey work to get out the vote for election


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, left, and Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, center, debate in Morgantown. Hoppy Kercheval of WV MetroNews, right, moderated the debate.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — With polls opening at 6:30 a.m. today across West Virginia, the two candidates for the high-profile U.S. Senate race spent Monday criss-crossing the state trying to woo every last undecided voter.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is running for a second term after winning a special election for the seat in 2010 and winning a full six-year term in 2012. Republican state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who won election to another four-year term as attorney general in 2016, is looking to unseat Manchin.

The most recent polling has Manchin leading Morrisey by as much as six points. Emerson College conducted a poll between Oct. 28-31 with Manchin at 47 percent to Morrisey’s 42 percent. Research America conducted a poll Oct. 19-30 with Manchin at 45 percent and Morrisey at 40 percent. rates the chance of a Republican win at 12.8 percent.

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