West Virginia Debate

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The West Virginia Senate race, which seems to be shifting in favor of Gov. John Manchin (D) held its only debate tonight. It was, our Eric Kleefeld tells us, hardly a debate at all.

For the most part, the four candidates seemed to use the night as an opportunity to present themselves for the first time to the voting audience. Republican businessman John Raese pitched himself as a man of the right; Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin put himself forward as a man of the commonsense middle; Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson, the candidate of the state’s Green Party affiliate, was a man of the left; and Constitution Party candidate Jeff Becker was a man of the loony bin.

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