Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated to media that he is not viewed by people as a Democrat but rather simply as a West Virginian.
With the upcoming West Virginia U.S. Senate race, Manchin stated, “I have been down this road before. In 2012 Barack Obama got beat by Mitt Romney in West Virginia by 35 points. I won re-election by 25 points. That is a sixty point swing. It’s unheard of.”
“So the bottom line they don’t look at me as a Democrat, but they look at me as a West Virginian.”