Joe Manchin’s approval rating is up 16 points since Biden became president

Joe Manchin’s approval rating is up 16 points since Biden became president

Democrats can rage all they want — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) seemingly isn’t going anywhere.
According to a new Morning Consult poll, Manchin’s job approval rating among West Virginia’s registered voters has jumped 16 percent since President Biden took office, by far the largest increase of any senator.
In the past year, his approval rating among Republicans rose from 35 percent to 69 percent, more than enough to offset his decreased approval rating among Democrats, which fell from 63 percent to 44 percent. West Virginia’s Register-Herald reported last year that there are about 4,300 more registered Republicans than registered Democrats in West Virginia.
These partisan shifts likely result from Manchin’s high-profile votes against Biden’s Build Back Better bill and voting rights legislation, in which the centrist Democrat joined with Senate Republicans to kill two major pillars of the administration’s legislative agenda.
Writing for The Week, David Faris argued on Thursday that “Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his allies should make life so unbearable for Manchin and [Arizona Sen. Krysten] Sinema … that they leave the party sometime before the 2022 midterms if one last push for even a microscopic version of the Build Back Better social investment package fails because of them.” Faris, however, admitted that although Democrats could likely unseat Sinema, they have little chance of primarying Manchin or of defeating him in a general election if he joins the Republican Party. Former President Donald Trump won West Virginia by nearly 40 points in 2020.
The Morning Consult polls surveyed at least 2,057 registered West Virginia voters in the first quarters of 2021 and 2022 with an error margin of two percent.

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Dem super PAC pays $3.5 million for pro-Biden ads in swing states

Dem super PAC pays $3.5 million for pro-Biden ads in swing states

Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century is pouring another $3.5 million into pro-Biden ads in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada to bolster his image ahead of the 2022 midterms, Politico reported Wednesday.
In the past month, the super PAC spent $5 million on ads in the same four battleground states. Per Politico, American Bridge expects to spend more than $10 million on ads by November.
During the 2020 election cycle, the super PAC specialized in attack ads, shelling out over $50 million to unseat former President Donald Trump and over $8 million targeting former Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, compared to only $40,000 on ads touting now-President Biden.
For 2022, though, it’s all hands on deck to bolster Biden, whose approval rating hit an all-time low of 33 percent last week, according to a Quinnipiac poll. Biden might not be on the ballot, but that won’t stop his unpopularity from dragging down his fellow Democrats.
In Arizona, American Bridge is airing an ad in which a retiree says that she hasn’t “always voted Democrat,” but that Biden “reflects my values” and is “doing what he can” to bring down the cost of living. “There’s more work to be done, but Joe Biden gets it,” the woman says.

In another ad, set to air in Pennsylvania, a Meadville resident and former Republican says Biden “wants progress” and is “focused on access to better jobs and lowering costs.”

According to one study, the average American household is spending an additional $327 per month due to the highest inflation in 40 years, which has emerged as a top issue among voters.

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Activist Gary Chambers is trying to become Louisiana’s first Black senator

Activist Gary Chambers is trying to become Louisiana’s first Black senator

This post was originally published on this siteGary Chambers aims to be Louisiana’s first Black senator and has already gone viral with campaign ads of burning a Confederate flag and smoking a blunt.

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Democrats are in danger of losing three congressional strongholds in South Texas

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This post was originally published on this site WASHINGTON — Fending off the Republican advance in South Texas this fall was already going to be a taller-than-usual order for Democrats. But few Democrats anticipated it would be this hard. Thanks to a succession of self-inflicted choices, fallout from redistricting and...

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Iowa judge rules Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer can’t appear on Democratic primary ballot

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This post was originally published on this siteA judge in Iowa ruled on Sunday that Democratic Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer cannot appear on the state’s June 7 primary ballot, dealing a significant blow to her already longshot hopes of unseating Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.

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Tim Ryan launches $3.3 million ad buy

Tim Ryan launches $3.3 million ad buy

This post was originally published on this siteOhio Senate hopeful Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Oh.) launched a $3.3 million ad buy, marking his first of the campaign cycle. The ad buy, which was launched on Monday, includes spots that start airing this week through May 17, which is two weeks after the…

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Poll: Hispanics aren’t flocking to the GOP, but Democrats still have problems

Poll: Hispanics aren’t flocking to the GOP, but Democrats still have problems

This post was originally published on this siteHeading into the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans have been riding a wave of positive press about their gains among Hispanic voters as Democrats fret about

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Uncounted mail-in ballots discovered in Texas add uncertainty to two Democratic races

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This post was originally published on this site HOUSTON — Two notable Democratic primary races have gained a new level of uncertainty after Texas’ largest county said it “identified approximately 10,000 mail-in ballots (6,000 Democratic and 4,000 Republican) that were not added into the original Election Night count.” Harris County...

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‘Texas is a battleground’: Latino voters torn between GOP and Democrats ahead of midterm elections

‘Texas is a battleground’: Latino voters torn between GOP and Democrats ahead of midterm elections

This post was originally published on this siteLatino voters will decide who wins a competitive congressional seat in South Texas. The contest shows how the GOP could win over more Hispanics.     

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US lawmakers often unite when war looms. Not this time

US lawmakers often unite when war looms. Not this time

This post was originally published on this site There is a longstanding custom in US politics that, whatever squabbles are dominating the domestic agenda, Democrats and Republicans rally around the flag when crisis looms overseas. But the threat of war in Ukraine is severely testing Congress’s traditional role as a...

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