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West Virginia Gov (And Dem Senate Candidate) Manchin Sues Obama Admin. Over Coal Policy

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All available polling shows that Manchin is very popular as governor -- but at the same time, he has fallen behind Republican businessman John Raese as a result of the Obama administration's overwhelming unpopularity in the state.

Taking the Manchin administration at its word that it was preparing this lawsuit even before Byrd's death in June, and is not politically motivated by the Senate race, one can't help but think that the suit would have some impact on the Senate race -- though it's unclear whether this impact would be for or against Manchin's chances.

The TPM Poll Average gives Raese a lead of 49.4%-43.4%.